Centre may introduce Citizenship Bill during Nov 18-Dec 13 session
The Centre may introduce the Citizenship Bill again in the winter session of Parliament, after it caused a furore in January earlier. The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and grant citizenship to those who illegally migrated into India
The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, and grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have illegally migrated into India. The immigrants must have resided in India in the last one year and for at least six years in total to qualify for citizenship.
Home minister Amit Shah had already announced that the government would introduce the bill before implementing the National Register of Citizens. Some opposition parties have maintained that it violated Article 14 of the Constitution through religious discrimination.
There have been demands from some sections supporting BJP for introduction of a uniform civil code too. However, senior BJP leaders have not given a timeline for the bill. The monsoon session of Parliament had been stormy after the government introduced bills to remove the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two Union territories.
There has been a lot of activity on the international fora post monsoon session and they are likely to figure in the winter session. The verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute is expected before the session begins and its reverberations will be felt in the winter session of Parliament.
The parliamentary affairs ministry communicated the session dates to the secretariats of both Houses of Parliament on Monday and the President’s notification is expected soon. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs had met on October 16 to finalise the dates. Secretary general Desh Deepak Verma on Monday had a discussion with his team on the forthcoming Rajya Sabha session, which will be the 250th of the permanent House. Plans are afoot to celebrate the landmark. Seminars and other events are likely to be organised.