Citizenship and Related Issues

Citizenship Act to be amended soon

  1. News: The government is likely to introduce a Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955
  2. Amendment: Definition of “illegal migrants” to be changed that will enable the government to grant citizenship to minorities
  3. The minorities aimed are at mostly Hindus, from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who have fled their country fearing religious persecution
  4. Context: The Union Cabinet recently gave its approval to empower district magistrates to allow certain facilities for people staying on Long Term Visa (LTV) in India
  5. Facilities covered include purchase of property, issue of driving licence and self-employment
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