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MHA seeks three additional months for framing CAA rules

The Home Ministry has sought an additional time of three-months for framing rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), officials said on Sunday.

The plea was made before the Department Related Standing Committee for Subordinate Legislation as according to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation should be framed within six months of the Presidential assent or an extension must be sought.

The controversial CAA, which facilitates granting of Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by the Parliament nearly eight months ago and had led to protests in various parts of the country.

The President had given his assent to the legislation on December 12, 2019.

“The Home Ministry has sought an additional time of three months to frame the rules for the CAA. The plea was made before the Department Related Standing Committee for Subordinate Legislation,”.

The Home Ministry’s move came after the panel enquired about the status of the rules for the CAA.