Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 27-02-2015. The objective of the Bill is to further amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. Salient features of the Bill are as follows:

  • Substitutes the words “overseas citizen of India” in the Citizenship Act, 1955 with that of “overseas citizen of India Cardholder” and provides a new definition thereto
  • Substitutes the words “has been residing in India for one year” with that of “is ordinarily resident in India for twelve months”
  • Inserts Section 5 (1 A) which provides that the Central Government, if it is satisfied that special circumstances exists, may after recording the circumstances in writing, relax the period of twelve months (mentioned above) upto a maximum of thirty days which may be in different breaks
  • Substitutes Sections 7A, 7B, 7C and 7 D of the Citizenship Act to provide for-

Ø  registration of Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder and also that the Persons of Indian Origin Cardholders shall be deemed to be Overseas Citizen of India Cardholders;

Ø  conferment of rights on Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder;

Ø  renunciation of Overseas Citizen of India Card;

Ø  cancellation of registration as Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.

  • Repeals the Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

-Lok Sabha

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