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Cabinet Clears Citizenship Amendment Bill

The Union Cabinet cleared the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on December 4. The Bill is now set to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and passage.the Bill could be introduced in Parliament next week.

The Bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India even if they do not have any document.

It was passed by the 16th Lok Sabha on January 8. However, it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha and had later lapsed.

BJP have insisted that minorities from the three countries, which include a significant number of Hindus, should be granted Indian citizenship.

The opposition has raised objection over the Bill. Many political parties, including BJP allies especially in the northeast have openly raised concerns.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) said the proposed legislation could affect the indigenous people of the northeast. The Indian National Congress, Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (Marxist), among others, have opposed the bill, claiming that citizenship cannot be given on the basis of religion.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had, on December 3, held discussions with representatives of students’ bodies and civil society groups of Assam on the proposed legislation, according to news agency PTI. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was also present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on December 3, asked its Members of Parliament (MPsto be present in Parliament in the coming days.e the frequency of flight operation – The Selected Airline Operator (SAO) would be allowed to change the frequency of flight operation, during the tenure of flight operation of the given route, provided that the total scheduled flight operation submitted as part of the Technical Proposal, is conformed and adhered to within a period of one year.

Inclusion of helicopter and sea plane operation under NSOP license – The operation of helicopter and sea plane would be allowed under this round.

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