GUWAHATI: CAA rules to be framed : Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that rules for the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act were yet to be framed because of the pandemic situation.
He added that once the Covid 19 vaccine would be out, the Centre would take CAA as a priority.
“The rules of the CAA are yet to be framed as such a massive process could not be carried out because of the corona. As soon as (Covid19) vaccination starts and corona cycle breaks, we will consider it,” he told reporters during his visit to West Bengal.
Shah had said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be implemented only after Hindus and other minorities from India’s neighbouring countries were granted citizenship through the CAA.
The CAA was passed by Parliament in December last year and the government was supposed to frame the rules by the next six months, following which extensions of three-month periods can be sought. The government’s second extension was scheduled to end in mid-January, 2021.
However, the process got stuck as the global pandemic hit the country.
Meanwhile, with the Covid19 situation improving in the state, various indigenous groups, as well as major student organizations of the state, have restarted the CAA protest 2.0. Several groups have announced a series of agitation programs opposing CAA and demanding Assam’s exclusion from its purview.