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Citizenship on the basis of religion is not desirable

editorials Updated: Sep 30, 2016 12:17 IST
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

In July, the Centre introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in Lok Sabha. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955, to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.(AFP)

According to the PRS legislative, the Bill makes illegal migrants eligible for citizenship on the basis of religion and this violates Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees right to equality.