Non-Islamic believer refugees from India's neighbouring countries Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh supposed to provide the proof of their religious beliefs while applying for Indian Citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), officials said, Times of India reported.
"In India, we all have submitted some form of proof relating to religion and all those who want to seek Indian Citizenship, they all have to submit some sort of document that they have entered India before December 31, 2014, and also a proof to prove that they belong to one of six minority faiths -- Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Parsi, Jain and Buddhists --" said a senior functionary aware of developments relating to the drafting of rules as reported by Times of India.
According to media reports, the officials also stated that 'no documents may, however, be sought to prove that the applicant came to India on religious persecution. Further, they added that the role of state and local administration will be minimal. 'While the application process will be entirely online, a central authority may be designated in the states to process the claims', the official said.
According to the media reports, the Government is looking forward to incorporating the suggestions made by the Assam Government, in which they have proposed a smaller window for application of Citizenship.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma requested a fortnight ago to keep a limited period window for applying under the CAA and also incorporate some other Assam-specific provisions in the CAA rules. The move comes because of protests against the CAA in Assam continuing since the law was passed by Indian Parliament in December last year.
The authenticity of religious beliefs is the primary question remains unanswered. Is a religious institution or which body to provide the documents of beliefs to refugees? Such many questions are still answered.