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Panel led by head of Census ops in states to decide CAA applications

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Bharti Jain / TNN / Updated: Mar 12, 2024, 02:10 IST

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The home ministry has formed empowered and district-level committees to grant citizenship under CAA, 2019. These committees have specific members and procedures to verify documents and assess applicants. The empowered committee may obtain a report from a security agency to assess the suitability of the applicant. Such a report must be uploaded online by the agency and be accessible to the committee.

Panel led by head of Census ops in states to decide CAA applications

NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Monday specified the constitution of the

empowered committee

that will decide on

grant of citizenship

under CAA, 2019 as well as of the

district-level committee

that will verify documents submitted by the applicant, reports Bharti Jain. A gazette notification by MHA said the committee shall be led by the director (Census operations) of the state/UT concerned and comprise a subsidiary IB officer not below the rank of deputy secretary, jurisdictional foreigners regional registration officer (FRRO), state informatics officer of NIC of the state/UT; and postmaster general of the state/UT.

A representative of the office of principal secretary (home) or additional chief secretary (home) of the state/UT and a representative of jurisdictional divisional railway manager will be invitees.
The empowered committee may obtain a report from a security agency to assess the suitability of the applicant. Such a report must be uploaded online by the agency and be accessible to the committee.
The district level committee shall be headed by jurisdictional senior superintendent or superintendent of Post, who shall be the designated officer, and also comprise the district informatics officer/assistant and a nominee of central govt. A representative not below rank of naib tehsildar or equivalent from the office of district collector and jurisdictional station master of railways will be invitees to the district committee. Quorum of both the committees will be two, including the chair.

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