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Despite the ongoing nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Union Government announced that the Citizenship Amendment Act will come into effect from January 10.

In a gazette notification released on January 10, the Ministry said the act under which refugees belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship, will come into effect from January 10.

Citizenship Amendment Bill

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” the notification read.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by Parliament on December 11 and President Ram Nath Kovind had approved the Bill on 12 December, turning it into an Act.

According to the Act, non-Muslims who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and faced religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and be given Indian citizenship.

The Supreme Court has fixed January 22 as the date to hear petitions questioning the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Those protesting against it have argued that providing citizenship on the basis of religion and excluding Muslims from it is discriminatory and against the fundamental tenets of the constitution.

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