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‘It Will Not Be Implemented In North East As…’, Union HM Amit Shah Over CAA

Union Home Minister Amit Shah underlined that the implementation of the CAA which came to effect recently will not dilute the composition and the rights of the tribals of the country.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Mar 14, 2024 10:48 IST
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Union HM Amit Shah Over CAA
Union HM Amit Shah Over CAA

The recently notified Citizen (Amendment) Act will not be implemented in the North-Eastern states where there is a provision for the Inner Line Permit (ILP) along with the areas that are granted the special status, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday.

He also underlined that the implementation of the CAA which came into effect recently will not dilute the composition and the rights of the tribals of the country.

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When asked about the implementation of the CAA in Assam and about the link between the NRC and CAA, Amit Shah stated that the NRC has nothing to do with the CAA. “It will be implemented in Assam along with the other states except for North East”, he said in an interview with ANI.

Only the areas like North East where two types of special rights have been granted to people, will be exempted from the implementation of the CAA, Shah said.

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Will the CAA change the composition of the tribal areas in the country? Shah said that this won’t have any effect on composition and the rights of the tribal areas.

“We have incorporated provisions in the Act itself to ensure that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not be applicable in areas where Inner Line Permit is required or in the areas included in the 6th Schedule. Applications with addresses from these areas will not be uploaded to the app. We have excluded them from the app itself,” stated Shah.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) aims to grant citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014, from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Following the notification of CAA rules by the central government, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced his readiness to resign if even a single individual, who has not applied for the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is granted citizenship under the new law.

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Amid sporadic protests in Assam, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) criticized the Centre for enforcing the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which aims to provide citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Home Minister Amit Shah, in an interview with ANI, rebuked vocal critics of the CAA’s implementation in the country, asserting that States do not have the authority to reject the CAA. He emphasized that the power to enact this law lies solely with the Union Government and not with the States.

The Union Home Ministry notified rules for the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on March 11, just days before the announcement of the Lok Sabha election schedule.

First published on: Mar 14, 2024 10:11 AM IST

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