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CAA rules to be framed after booster dose exercise is over: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI, August 2: Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the laws regarding Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be framed after the Covid precaution dose vaccination exercise is over.
The statement by Amit Shah comes after BJP leader from West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari Tuesday urged him to implement the citizenship law at the earliest.
Adhikari told reporters that the issue of CAA, slammed by critics for its alleged anti-Muslim bias, implementation is very critical for West Bengal where a large number of people who can benefit from its provisions.
The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities of neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, who had come to India by December 31, 2014.
The law was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019, and the Act was notified within 24 hours on December 12. However, its implementation has remained stuck as the rules have not been framed yet. In May, while addressing a rally in Bengal, Shah had said that the law would be implemented once the Covid pandemic ends.
There is a view that the government is treading cautiously on the matter after the Act drew saw protests in different parts of the country. (TOI/Agencies)