The Centre has been given an extension to frame and implement the Citizenship Amendment Act by the committees on subordinate legislation in both the Houses of the Parliament. While the Lok Sabha committee granted an extension till April 9, the Upper House panel gave the government time till July 9.
In a response to a question by Congress MP VK Sreekandan during the Budget session, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that the Citizenship Amendment Act had been in force since January 10, 2020, but the rules were “under preparation”. The act was notified on December 12, 2019.
Parliamentary rules say that “statutory rules, regulations and bye-laws will be framed within a period of six months from the date on which the relevant statute came into force”, according to NDTV.
They also state that ministries and departments concerned can seek an extension from the committee on subordinate legislation, giving a reason for the delay. The extensions…