Aadhaar, voter ID card, passport not proof of citizenship: Government officials

A top government official said that it was 'pre-mature' to talk about NRC but added that documents like voter ID, Aadhaar and passport do not prove citizenship.

Published: 21st December 2019 02:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2019 09:48 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Top government officials on Friday clarified that Aadhaar, voter ID card and passport are not citizenship documents.

The officials were asked about documents required to prove citizenship for NRC.

The clarification comes a day after a “government document” emerged on social media, indicating that voter IDs be treated as proof of citizenship.

The document, reportedly attributed to government sources, lists 13 questions and answers to clear the air around Citizenship Amendment Act and possible countrywide NRC and is titled, “Here are the real facts on Citizenship Amendment Act”.

A top government official said that it was “pre-mature” to talk about NRC but added that documents like voter ID, Aadhaar and passport do not prove citizenship.

“These are either travel documents or documents to show residency in India,” the official said.  Later, the Union Home Ministry put out tweets aimed at dispelling doubts about CAA.

The MHA spokesperson said, “Citizenship of India may be proved by giving any document relating to the date of birth or place of birth or both. Such a list is likely to include a lot of common documents to ensure that no citizen is unduly harassed or put to inconvenience.”

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Another tweet said illiterate citizens not having any documents, will be allowed to produce witnesses or local proofs supported by members of the community.

“A well laid out procedure will be followed. #CAA2019,” the tweet said.

Earlier in the day, the government official said the Home Ministry in consultation with the Law Ministry is preparing the rules for implementation of CAA.

“No one will get Indian citizenship automatically. One has to prove eligibility,” the official said. 

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He added that the law provides for a national identity card under Section 14A of the Act.  Asked about NRC, the official said, “There is no intention to throw people out. People are over-worried. Law has sufficient safeguards.”

‘States cannot halt NPR, CAA, NRC’

On a day Kerala announced that it won’t let Centre carry out National Population Register exercise just as West Bengal, the Centre said the states do not have the option of refusing NPR. A top government official said it was beyond the control of states to stop implementation of CAA, NRC or NPR.

On implementation of CAA, the official said there is a provision for notifying a separate authority. “Earlier, we had delegated this power to the collector, but we can now look afresh... A central government official is likely to be notified,” an official said.

He also pointed out that NPR was also out of the ambit of the states.

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  • Anonymous

    How come Passport is not a Citizenship Identity
    1 month ago reply
  • Suman Bhattacharyya

    It is very unfortunate that these statements are coming from so-called unnamed govt officials. If voter card is not a proof of citizenship
    1 month ago reply
  • tmranganathan

    muslimisatiom of india should not be allowed.only it will remain a hindu nation.beware turkey syria and iran became muslim nations when christians were killed.beware all indian hindus. vote for hindu candidates only.
    1 month ago reply
    • Sak

      Who has put fear of muslims in ur head. Just as u r asking who has put fear of CAA in people's head
      5 days ago reply
  • priya

    Yes we are indians and we need to save india.
    1 month ago reply
  • Sarfaraz

    This article is nothing but fear mongering. The author (supposedly with a biased thought process?) chooses to write on "some" govt official but not the official clarification by MHA. Wow!
    1 month ago reply
  • Susan gurung

    nic i like u so much
    1 month ago reply
  • Ikram mikrani

    NO CAA NRC Nahin chahie
    1 month ago reply
  • sunil kumar

    it's not good
    1 month ago reply
  • Prof. Lalit Kumar

    I thought only citizens of India can vote in Indian elections.
    1 month ago reply
  • thiroomal s

    Is it mature to talk about the subject which he himself describes "pre-mature" ?
    1 month ago reply
  • Aleef

    We neither beg for citizenship nor give any documents. Why ? We are indian. Anti NRC Zindabad. Anti CAA Zindabad.
    1 month ago reply
    • ram

      Stupidity to the core Zindabad the same person would run pillar to pillar in another country no norm hence the country is do backwards make it a 4th world country jai Aleef
      1 month ago reply
  • Aleef

    We neither beg for citizenship nor give any documents. Why ? We are indian. Anti NRC Zindabad. Anti CAA Zindabad.
    1 month ago reply
  • Navas

    Then what the hell u want to prove tat we the citizens of the country...safron Flagg...idiots....
    1 month ago reply
  • Siraj

    Wow.my dearbbaboojee.if passport is also not a proof of citizenship
    1 month ago reply
  • Madhusudan giri

    Unfortunately BJPs PR and managing important national announcements need serious coaching. Well funded and coordinated campaigns from vested interests derail important and urgent reforms. CAA will help create a proper legal identity for genuine indians so tbat all tbe hard work the nation is putting in can be enjoyed by its genuine citizens. A wirk visas scheme can legitimise economic migrants from neighbouring countries.
    1 month ago reply
    • Dr. Sheriff

      Well said. Our Indian Passport is our citizenshop document when we travel anywhere in the World and it is recognised by the foreign Countries as we are Indian citizens.What happen to Indian Government no accepting passport as a valid document for Indian Nationality. Our voters id used for voting and electing Government then gow it is invalid document for Indian Nationality. We pay tax to the Indian Government through our pan card since many years then how this is not a valid document for Our Indian Nationality. Bery much confusing Government. What is the real intention of tge Government????
      6 days ago reply
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