Explained: What is the Assam Accord that is fueling protests in the state?

News:The debate on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by Parliament has repeatedly flagged the alleged violation of the Assam Accord by the new law. Facts: About Assam Accord: The Assam Accord was a Memorandum of Settlement(MoS) signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement in 1985. The… Continue reading Explained: What is the Assam Accord that is fueling protests in the state?

Explained:What is Inner Line Permit, and will it address N-E states’ concerns over CAB

News:Union Home minister has said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill,2016 would provide protection to such regions and states where the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is applicable. Facts: About Inner Line Permit(ILP): Inner Line Permit (ILP) is an official travel document issued by the government of India.It is required by Indian citizens residing outside certain protected… Continue reading Explained:What is Inner Line Permit, and will it address N-E states’ concerns over CAB

Citizenship Amendment Bill

News:The Central Government may introduce a fresh version of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. Fact: About Citizenship amendment bill,2016: The Bill amends the Citizenship Act,1955 to make illegal migrants who belong to certain religious minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for… Continue reading Citizenship Amendment Bill

Explained: Why Amit Shah wants to amend the Citizenship Act before undertaking countrywide NRC

News:Union Home Minister has said that the government would first amend the existing citizenship norms  by passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill before it implements a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) Facts: About Citizenship amendment bill,2016: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955.It seeks to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists,… Continue reading Explained: Why Amit Shah wants to amend the Citizenship Act before undertaking countrywide NRC

National Register of Citizens is for whole country, says Amit Shah

During electioneering in West Bengal, BJP’s national president has again vowed that BJP would introduce a National Register for Citizens (NRC) across India if the party is voted to power again. He further added that for West Bengal, the Citizenship (amendment) bill would be introduced first and the NRC would follow. The National Register of… Continue reading National Register of Citizens is for whole country, says Amit Shah

‘No changes in citizenship Bill needed if Clause 6 implemented properly’

Assam Chief Minister has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 does not need any change if Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly. Assam Accord is a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement – a movement against illegal immigrants… Continue reading ‘No changes in citizenship Bill needed if Clause 6 implemented properly’

Citizenship Bill clouds phase 1 polls in 14 Northeast LS seats

Fourteen of Northeast’s 25 Parliamentary constituencies has gone to polls in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 on 11th April against the backdrop of protests across the region against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955. The bill seeks to make illegal migrants who are Hindus,… Continue reading Citizenship Bill clouds phase 1 polls in 14 Northeast LS seats

‘Won’t budge on citizenship Bill’

Meghalaya Chief Minister has said that his party, the National People’s Party, would continue to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill amends 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… Continue reading ‘Won’t budge on citizenship Bill’

AGP, BJP strike bill consensus

Asom Gana Parishad and BJP have decided not to talk on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Assam 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… Continue reading AGP, BJP strike bill consensus

Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on immigrants

The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Centre on a plea which has challenged the amendments made through the Passport (entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015; the Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015 and the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on December 26, 2016 under the Citizenship Act. These subordinate laws provide… Continue reading Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on immigrants