Union home ministry is mulling making the entire process of granting citizenship under CAA go online, thereby effectively bypassing the state governments.
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While more than 5 non-NDA states have openly opposed the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Union home ministry is planning to make the entire process of granting citizenship to religiously persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan completely online, thereby effectively and efficiently managing to bowl out the nefarious opposition parties and isolating them completely.
“We are thinking of designating a new authority instead of the district magistrate and make the entire process of application, examination of documents and granting Indian citizenship online,” a Home Ministry official told the news agency.
The opposition is vehemently dissenting against the implementation of the CAA, saying it is discriminatory. Chief ministers like Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal openly said she won’t implement CAA till her last breath, while Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala CM moved a resolution in the Kerala Assembly seeking the centre to revoke the CAA.
However, as per article 256 of the Indian Constitution, the states are legally bound to implement any act passed by the Indian Parliament. But the attitude of several CMs only displays their open defiance and rank disobedience of the sacred law of the land.
It is interesting to note here that the Rajasthan government was forced to issue citizenships to 8 Hindu refugees from Sindh, Pakistan who had been staying in the state for well over 20 years. Though Ashok Gehlot, the Congress CM of the state, is against the CAA implementation, he was forced to grant it, owing to the proximity of Rajasthan to our neighbours.
The CAA grants citizenship to the persecuted minorities who have been staying in India hitherto December 31, 2019. It paves way for an emotional and social integration of these minoriites with their motherland India.
Last Updated 2:53 PM IST