Under the new rule by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the District Collectors have the right to investigate people and give them citizenship, informed officials. According to officials, Mehsana and Anand collectors have been given the right to grant citizenship.
Anand Collector DS Gadhavi told news agency ANI,”The Ministry of Home Affairs has made the entire process of getting citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh quite simple. Under the new rule, now the Collectors have the right to investigate people and give them citizenship.”
A resident of Tarapur in Anand Mithali Maheshwari who belongs to Sindh, Pakistan applied for citizenship and she is happy with the decision of the government. According to Mithali Maheshwari, her parents had already got Indian citizenship in 2019 itself, but Mitali, her elder sister and younger brother have not got citizenship yet. Currently, Mithali and her elder sister have applied for citizenship and are hopeful of getting it.