India plans moves to make citizenship for Pakistani-Hindus easier

Vulnerable minorities may also be allowed to buy property, open bank accounts


News Desk April 18, 2016
PHOTO: TARIQ HASSAN/EXPRESS

The Indian government on Sunday announced it intends to simplify procedures for granting citizenship to minority Hindus from Pakistan, a report appearing The Times of India said.

The proposal also envisaged allowing “minority communities of Pakistan staying in India on a Long Term Visa” to buy property, open bank accounts and obtain a permanent account number and Aadhaar number, the newspaper cited an unnamed home ministry official as saying.

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According to the proposal, the collectors or district magistrates of 18 districts will be empowered for a two-year period to grant citizenship to such people for an appreciably lower fee.

The districts are Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Kutch and Patan (Gujarat), Bhopal and Indore (Madhya-Pradesh), Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune and Thane (Maharashtra), West Delhi and South Delhi (National Capital Territory), Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur (Rajasthan) and Lucknow (Uttar-Pradesh).

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“These are only at a proposal stage,” the official told IANS news agency. Also proposed is a drastic cut in naturalisation certificate registration fee.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th,  2016.

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COMMENTS (5)

True | 4 years ago | Reply @Jahangir: Can't understand what caused you so much of distress. All the ills described by you against India and against all odds it's still moving. Care about yourself man. Since when is India caring about Pakistan’s hindus? Then what should they do ... wait for the men in Land of Pure to abduct them, rape them & forcibly convert or what .... We do not have a brave leader .. then first get one & become brave. If India really cared about Hindus of Pakistan then it would be able at least not come to such level that it publicly mocks Pakistan by such acts, ... then why at first place you create an atmosphere that enables them to look elsewhere. There are farmers dying in India, anti religion sentiments all around, media blackout in states such as manipur, kashmir and punjab ... so when did you come and help the farmers with their livelihood ....after godhra riots, babri demolition how many Muslims applied for refuge in Pakistan and where is the blackout in Kashmir and Punjab. It's OK to be impulsive but not OK to be blind with facts.
Jahangir | 5 years ago | Reply Akhand bharat in progress. There are 600 million Indians below poverty line and these clowns(indian govt) along with her blind people are just playing with emotional sentiments. Since when is India caring about Pakistan's hindus? If you're still wondering this is just to disintegrate Pakistan. There are farmers dying in India, anti religion sentiments all around, media blackout in states such as manipur, kashmir and punjab. First fix your main issues then maybe we will take your request of taking in Pakistanis in. If any Pakistani Hindu wishes to leave the Country please know this that they are just doing it to disintegrate if Pakistan did not have nuclear power India would have already attacked Pakistan. We do not have a brave leader or else we could sanction India under UN act for funding terrorism, extradition of our citizens such as this so called plan only to damage the welfare society and finally obstructing Pakistan's overall growth. If India really cared about Hindus of Pakistan then it would be able at least not come to such level that it publicly mocks Pakistan by such acts, we're aware of the games India is playing so to see such moves is nothing. India does not care about her own minority, this is just for publicity when things get worse Indian politicians use these words "if you are not happy go back to Pakistan", I hope express tribune uploads this comment cause I have been commenting over sensitive posts but it has always failed to post.
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