Guwahati/New Delhi: Speaking to the media on the rules being set by the centre for providing citizenship to illegal foreigners residing in the country, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that according to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants and given Indian citizenship.
The Assam specific provisions in the CAA rules are expected as the state has been witnessing widespread protests against the CAA. There has been a growing feeling among the indigenous people of Assam that the newly enacted legislation will hurt their interests politically, culturally a well as socially.
Assam’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking to the media said that the rules on citizenship reform law have already begun. Applicants filing for Indian Citizenship need not provide details of religious persecution they have faced in their respective countries but may get just three months window time to apply for citizenship. Some Assam specific conditions are expected to be incorporated in the rules to be issued for the implementation of CAA. After the applications are filed, people of Assam will know that there will be not more than 5 lakh of the immigrants who will getting Citizenship under the newly enacted Act.