Centre hands over first set of citizenship certificates issued under CAA to 14 applicants

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over the certificates to the 14 people after their applications were processed online through a designated portal.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over citizenship certificates to some applicants in New Delhi today.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over citizenship certificates to some applicants in New Delhi today.Photo | ANI

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday issued the first set of citizenship certificates under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to 14 people. Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla handed over the documents to them after their applications were processed online through a designated portal, officials said.

The citizenship certificates to people under the law were issued nearly two months after rules were framed and notified under the CAA to grant Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Describing the development as a “historic day," Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the decades-long wait for those who faced religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was over.

Shah said the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian brothers and sisters who fled religious persecution in the three countries have started getting Indian citizenship and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has fulfilled the promise made at the time of the country’s independence.

“I express my gratitude to Modiji for giving justice and rights to these people who suffered for decades. I also assure all my refugee brothers and sisters that the Modi government will give citizenship to all of them through the CAA,” Shah said in one of his posts on ‘X’ site, while adding: “Modi’s guarantee is the guarantee of fulfilling promises”.

The event relating to handing over the citizenship certificate comes in the midst of the seven-phase general elections, which started on April 19 and will end on June 1. The counting will take place on June 4.

The CAA was enacted in December 2019 for granting Indian citizenship to persecuted Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.

Immediately after the enactment, the CAA got the President’s assent but the rules under which Indian citizenship could be granted were issued on March 11, this year, after over a four-year delay.

Union Home Secretary Bhalla, while handing over the certificates, congratulated the 14 recipients and highlighted the salient features of the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024.

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