The Modi Cabinet meeting on the Citizenship Amendment Bill has started in the Enxy Building of Parliament House. Today, the Union Cabinet can approve this bill. The government is trying hard to get the bill passed in the winter session itself. However, after the NRC, the opposition is preparing to strongly oppose the many provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The Union Home Minister Amit Shah will present this bill in Parliament. It is believed that many opposition parties including Congress will oppose the bill. Due to this, there are chances of uproar in both the houses of Parliament.
The bill to regulate unauthorized colonies of Delhi will be presented in Rajya Sabha today
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Hardeep Singh Puri, will present a bill for ownership of property to local residents in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by regularizing more than 1700 unauthorized colonies of Delhi.
Pursuant to the revised agenda of the Rajya Sabha, Puri will present the ‘National Capital Territory of Delhi (Unauthorized Colony Resident Property Rights Recognition) Bill 2019’ for discussion and passage in the Upper House.
It is noteworthy that the Lok Sabha has approved this bill regulating 1731 unauthorized colonies of Delhi last week.
What is the citizenship law that the government wants to change
According to PRS Legislative Research, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 was first introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19 July 2016. It was submitted to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 12 August 2016. The committee has given its report on this in January this year.
If this bill is passed, all illegal migrant Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be eligible for Indian citizenship. Apart from this, people of all six religions of these three countries will also be exempted from the rule of getting Indian citizenship. All such expatriates who have been living in India for six years will be able to get citizenship here. Earlier this time limit was 11 years.
Why is there a dispute on the bill?
This bill makes their religion the basis of getting citizenship for illegal migrants. This proposal has sparked controversy. Because if it happens then it would be a violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, which talks about the right to equality.