Rejoinder to George Neduperambil’s letter of 7th January 2020 to the Editor



Georoge Nedumparambil has written a very articulate letter from  In this connection readers may refer to the following link

dated 17th December 2019 in Citizens Matter. Excerpts from the report read:

How many people are likely to apply for naturalisation under CAA?

With the cut-off date set at December 31 2014, the number of people who will benefit from the amendments stands at 31,313, a figure submitted by the IB during a parliamentary committee hearing on the bill in 2016. 

“As per our records, there are 31,313 persons belonging to minority communities (Hindus- 25447, Sikhs – 5807, Christians – 55, Buddhists – 2 and Parsis – 2) who have been given Long Term Visa on the basis of their claim of religious persecution in their respective countries and want Indian Citizenship. Hence, these persons will be immediate beneficiaries.”

However, the Home Minister has stated that crores of people will benefit as those who have been illegally residing in the country will now feel empowered to apply for citizenship. 

There are also FAQs given on NRC and why the opposition is against CAA.

Isaac Gomes



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