The MHA spokesperson Amit Shah said illiterate citizens not having any documents will be allowed to produce witnesses or local proofs supported by members of the community.
Reiterating its stance, the Home Ministry also said, “The CAA does not target any religious community from abroad.”
It further said that the legislation is a means to provide a mechanism for some migrants who may otherwise have been called “illegal” depriving them of opportunity to apply for Indian citizenship provided they meet certain conditions.
Referring to the disruption in various North Eastern states over the amended Citizenship Act, the MHA spokesperson said: “CAA protects the interests of the tribals & indigenous people of North East by excluding areas under 6th Schedule and areas covered by Inner Line Permit. Therefore, there is no question of any influx of foreigners swamping the indigenous population.”
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) became law after receiving the President’s assent on December 12, following a bruising debate in Parliament. The new citizenship law grants citizenship to individuals who are Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain, or Parsi who entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Afghanistan by the cut-off date of December 31, 2014.