What are the drawbacks of CAA and NRC?

Drawbacks of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019):

  • The bill does not protect all religious minorities, nor does it apply to all neighbours. The act is violativeof Art. 14 of the Constitution that guarantees the right to equality to both the citizens and foreigners and the principle of secularism enshrined in the preamble of the constitution.
  • CAB won’t apply to areas under the sixth schedule of the Constitution that deals with autonomous tribal-dominated regions in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. 
  • The bill will also not apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram).
  • It is difficult for the government to differentiate between illegal migrants and those persecuted.
  • The act may worsen our bilateral ties with neighbouring countries where religious oppression has happened.

Drawbacks of NRC:

  • People who found themselves on the first list that was released on January 1, 2018, didn’t find their names in the second. Even the family of a former President of India is not mentioned on the list.
  • It will be very difficult to physically verify all the members who are not on the list.
  • Deportation and detention camps are not good options for a democratic country like India.

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