Pak, B'desh, Afghan citizens given Indian citizenship: Nirmala Sitharaman


Chennai, Jan 19 (IANS): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is a law to confer Indian citizenship to a person and not a law to cancel citizenship.

Sitharaman said during the past six years 2,838 persons from Pakistan, 914 persons from Afghanistan and 172 persons from Bangladesh have been conferred Indian citizenship.

She added between 1964-2008 over four lakh persons from Sri Lanka have been offered Indian citizenship.

The Finance Minister was here to participate in an event organised by Chennai Citizens' Forum and New India Forum on CAA.

Speaking at the event Sitharaman said the CAA is for conferring citizenship and not for withdrawal of the same.

She also said the state governments cannot say that the law will not be implemented and the resolutions passed in the state assemblies will not have any impact and is illegal.

Coming down heavily on the opponents of the CAA, Sitharaman said those who don't speak about human rights are speaking against CAA.

She said the Sri Lankan refugees are living in poor conditions in India and the opposition parties are not talking about their rights.

She said the issue was discussed at length in the Parliament and the government had answered the questions raised by the opposition parties on the CAA.

Sitharaman said for those who register properly will be given the citizenship and thee CAA is for providing citizenship for those from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

  

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    Home minister attend pre-budget discussions.
    Railway minister clarifies on CAA NRC
    Coal minister talks about FDA
    Finance minister bans e-cigarettes
    Law minister gives details on surgical strike
    now, again Finance minister takes the role of home minister!!!

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    First you manage your responsibilities as a Finance minister and correct India's economy.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    What an achievement Nirmala Sitharaman!
    Never mind if the economy has gone to dogs, never mind if people have lost jobs, never mind if businesses have closed down, never mind if the GDP is plummeting. Congratulations Nirmala for giving citizenship to these people. What an achievement Madam.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    u have offered citizensip 2 bangladeshis, pakistanies & afghans, how many of dem r hindus, christians, muslims, buddhists & jains.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sun, Jan 19 2020

    Why did you leave out Sikhs & Parsis? Those who were compelled to leave their homes and take refuge in India as a result of religious persecution were given citizenship. Indian citizenship doesn't discriminate on basis of religion.

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