Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government becomes the first state in the country to start exercising the new law after it ordered identification of migrants -Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians- from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Additional chief secretary (home) Avanish Awasthi told Times of India, “though the number of people from Afghanistan living in UP is low, estimates indicate there’s a substantial number from Pakistan and Bangladesh, who settled here after being persecuted in their countries.”
This is the first step towards implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
“This is the first time such a list is being prepared. Citizenship will be granted according to the new CAA provisions,” said Awasthi.