Citizenship Amendment Act: After the Citizenship Act, will you also have to show papers? Important news for the general public!


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The government has finally implemented the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) across the country. This step of the BJP government is considered important just before the Lok Sabha elections. The CAA had faced widespread protests a few years ago, where slogans advocating not showing documents gained popularity. Even after the implementation of the Citizenship Act, the issue of documentation is coming to the fore. Therefore, today we tell whether, after the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act, everyone will now need to show their documents.

Who will get citizenship?

First, let us understand why CAA was brought and why it has been a subject of controversy. As the name suggests, it was introduced to grant citizenship. People from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities can apply for citizenship under CAA. This law was brought to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities. People who came to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before December 31, 2014, will be eligible for citizenship. People who have been living in India for more than five years can apply.

What is the controversy?

The real controversy is about the fact that Muslims have not been included in the provision of citizenship under the CAA. The protesters argue that in a secular country like India, no community should be excluded from such laws. Muslims seeking refuge in India can apply for citizenship after living in the country for 11 years.

Does everyone need to show documents?

Now the most important question in the minds of people is whether after CAA everyone will be required to show documents. The answer is that this law will not have any impact on the residents of India. This is especially true for those who have come to India from other countries and are applying for citizenship. Indian residents have the right to citizenship under the Constitution.

Those advocating documentation argue that the government will also bring the National Register of Citizens (NRC) along with the CAA. This can cause problems for those who do not have the necessary documents. Concern is being expressed that not everyone will have the necessary documents demanded by the government. The example of NRC in Assam, where about 1.9 million people were left out of the list, is often cited to highlight the potential issues.