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The Nagaland government has passed a resolution
in the assembly, rejecting the highly contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The resolution stated that the bill cannot be implemented in Nagaland as the
proposed legislation will impact the “unique history and status of the
Nagas under the Constitution”.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill amends the
Citizenship Act, 1955. Legal provisions relating to acquisition and termination
of citizenship of India are contained in the Citizenship Act, 1955
The bill seeks to make illegal migrants who are
Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan,
Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for Indian citizenship. The Bill also seeks
to reduce the requirement of 11 years of continuous stay in the country to six
years to obtain citizenship by naturalisation. The bill was passed in the Lok
Sabha in January 2019. However, the bill
lapsed as it could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha.