Cabinet clears Citizenship Amendment Bill

New Delhi (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved six bills including the Citizenship Amendment Bill and extended reservation for SCs and STs in the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies for another 10 years.

Responding to questions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the Citizenship Amendment Bill takes care of India's interests.

"I am confident that when the Bill's provisions are announced, Assam, Northeast and the entire country will welcome it."

He said that the Bill will be introduced in Parliament in a day or two.

He said the Bill will be discussed in detail once it is introduced. Javadekar said provisions of the bill are in the national interest and as per natural justice provisions.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its nod to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, said sources.

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