The Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that the work of framing rules to operate the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is in progress.
The law passed in 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs has informed Parliament that the committees of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are working on it. The ministry has also informed to extend the time limit of both the committees for framing the rules.
In response to a question regarding the citizenship law, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanang Rai said that the notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act was issued on 12 December 2019 and it came into force on 10 January 2020. The process of making rules regarding the law is going on.
Committees of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are working on it. The time frame for making rules for these committees has also been extended. The deadline for the committee of Lok Sabha has been extended till 9th April 2021 and the time frame for framing rules to the Committee of Rajya Sabha till 9th July 2021.
The CAA was passed by the Lok Sabha on 9th December 2019 and the Rajya Sabha on 11th December 2019. After receiving the President’s assent on 12th December, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification and announced its implementation from 10th January 2020. However, rules are yet to be made which will govern the citizenship law.
Until the rules are notified and made, the citizenship law will remain inoperable.