Amid the chaos over the Citizenship Amendment Act in the country, official statistics revealed that in the last one decade more than 21,000 foreigners obtained Indian citizenship. These people became Indians under the government of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as the current Modi government. The details were provided by the Home Ministry in the Lok Sabha.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is a law to confer Indian citizenship to a person and not a law to cancel citizenship. Sitharaman said during the past six years 2,838 persons from Pakistan, 914 persons from Afghanistan and 172 persons from Bangladesh have been conferred Indian citizenship. She added between 1964-2008 over four lakh persons from Sri Lanka have been offered Indian citizenship.