Friday, December 02, 2022

Ministry of Home Affairs: Non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, online application solicited from 13 districts

Ministry of Home Affairs: Non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, online application solicited from 13 districts

Ministry of Home Affairs: By the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Citizenship applications have been invited for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh in 13 districts.The Union Home Ministry has immediately issued a notification in this regard for the implementation of the order under the rules enacted under the Citizenship Act 1955 and 2009.

On Friday, the Center invited Muslims like Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and non-Muslims living in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab to apply for Indian citizenship.

The latest order is in no way linked to the Citizenship Amendment Act enacted in 2019. The rules under the CAA are framed by the government. When the CAA was implemented in 2019, there were widespread protests in different parts of the country, including riots in Delhi in early 2020.

Who will get citizenship

According to the CAA, Indian Citizenship The persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians – who came to India by December 31, 2014, will be granted Indian citizenship.

“In exercising the powers conferred under section 16 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955), the Central Government hereby directs the powers exercised by it to register as a citizen of India under section 5, or to issue a certificate of naturalization under section “Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians living in the mentioned districts and in the following states” of the Citizenship Act 1955 in respect of any person belonging to the minority community in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Those who are eligible to apply for Indian citizenship currently live in Morbi, Rajkot, Patan and Vadodara, Durg and Balodabazar in Chhattisgarh, Pali, Barmer and Sirohi in Rajasthan, Faridabad in Haryana and Jalandhar district in Punjab.

How to apply?

“Application for registration as a citizen of India or application for issuance of certificate of naturalization as a citizen of India under the above rules (Citizenship Rules, 2009) will be made online,” the notice said.

The Home Ministry said that the application is verified simultaneously by the Collector or Secretary (Home) of Haryana and Punjab, the case comes at the district level and state level and the application and reports will be made accessible and accessed simultaneously on the online portal. Will be done as it may come.

What kind of investigation

The Collector or Secretary may, as the case may be, conduct such an inquiry as he deems necessary to ascertain the applicant’s eligibility and for that purpose forward an online application to such agency for verification and comments as may be necessary to complete the investigation. . And the instructions given by the Center in this regard from time to time will be strictly followed by the State or Union Territories and the concerned districts.

If satisfied with the eligibility of the applicant, the Collector or Secretary will grant him citizenship of India by registration or naturalization and issue a certificate of registration or naturalization, as the case will be properly printed and signed from the online portal. The notification also states that the form will also have the signature of the Collector or Secretary as indicated in the above rules.

The Collector or Secretary shall, as per the rules, maintain online as well as written registration with the details of a person registered or naturalized as a citizen of India and provide a copy thereof to the Central Government within seven days.

The order will come into force from the date of its publication in the official gazette and will remain valid till further orders, the notification said.

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