A video is being shared on social media claiming it as a recent video of Amit Shah announcing the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) during his speech in the parliament. This post claims that Amit Shah has issued a statement on issuing citizenship for those with more than two children in a family. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Recent video of Amit Shah announcing the implementation of CAA and NRC legislations.
Fact: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has been notified on 12 December 2019 and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) then issued a notification stating that the provisions of the act will come into force from 10 January 2020. But the rules under The CAA are still under preparation. In January 2023, the Union Ministry sought another extension of six months to frame the rules of the CAA. The legislation cannot be implemented without the rules being notified. The video shared in the post shows Home Minister Amit Shah’s reply in Lok Sabha related to the CAA on 09 December 2019. Hence, the claim made in the post is Misleading.
When we searched for this video using relevant keywords on the internet, a video with similar visuals was found published by the Sansad TV on 10 December 2019. The channel reported it as the visuals of Home Minister Amit Shah’s reply in Lok Sabha related to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA). During the speech, Amit Shah addressed the importance of CAA implementation in the country and responded to the questions raised related to the CAA act by the opposition parties.
The text document of Amit Shah’s speech in Lok Sabha, on 09 December 2019, can be seen here. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 aims to facilitate the grant of citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who entered India on or before 31 December 2014. During his speech on 09 December 2019, Amit Shah spoke about the decreasing minority population in neighbouring Muslim countries and described the necessity of providing citizenship to the refugees who were persecuted in neighbouring Islamic countries. Comparing the population figures from 1951 to 2011, Amit Shah stated that the Muslim population in India has increased from 9.8% to 14.23% and said that the Muslims in India have nothing to do with this bill. During his speech, Amit Shah did not speak about any policy on the number of children for granting citizenship.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 09 December 2019 and by the Rajya Sabha on 11 December 2019 and was given assent by the President on 12 December 2019. Later, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification stating that the provisions of the act will come into force on 10 January 2020. But the rules under CAA are still under preparation. In January 2023, the Union Ministry sought another extension of six months to frame the rules of the CAA. The legislation cannot be implemented without the rules being notified. Speaking about the status of NRC in the Parliament on 15 March 2022, Union Minister Nityanand Rai stated, “Till now, the Government has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the National level.” Lately, MHA did not issue any new update on the implementation of NRIC.
To sum it up, a 2019 video is being shared as recent visuals of Home Minister Amit Shah announcing implementation of CAA and NRC.