More time for Citizenship Bill JPC

The tenure of the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has been extended till the last week of the winter session of Parliament, when it is expected to submit its report.
The Bill proposes citizenship to six persecuted minorities — Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians and Buddhists — who came to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh before December 31, 2014.
There is stiff opposition to the Bill in Assam as it also seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus from Bangladesh. The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on Monday and 40 lakh of the 3.9 crore applicants did not make it to the list.
Several political and civil society groups in Assam have said the Bill would pave the way for giving citizenship to illegal Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh in Assam — in violation of the Assam Accord of 1985.
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