Eighteen people, all Hindu migrants from Pakistan, were issued Indian citizenship by the district administration of Jaipur. The Hindus raised slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Hindustan Zindabad when the district collector of Jaipur, Netra Singh Nehra issued them Indian citizenship at a ceremony.
These migrants from the Sindh province of Pakistan had come to India before 2005 and some had been waiting for citizenship for the past 15years.
Among those who were issued citizenship were four brothers and sisters of a family and five brothers and sisters from another family. The rest of them were individuals, who were granted citizenship.
According to the collector in all 50 requests for citizenship were received and out of which under the amended rules, 18 were provided certificates of Indian citizenship.
These persons said they had to face hardship as they had no bonafide papers with them and in the absence of the valid papers, they could not get rented accommodations and jobs. Now, they would be able to lead a dignified life as Indian citizens.
More and more people, who migrated to India after facing persecution in Pakistan are being granted citizenship. These people are living in India on a long term visa. They face enormous problems as they have no valid documents for staying in India, but with the new amendments coming under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), their applications for citizenship were approved.
Other Hindu Pakistanis who got citizenship
Earlier this month, eight people of a family in Ajmer were granted Indian citizenship in Ajmer.
In the year 2016, the Union Home ministry authorised 16 districts in the country to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, and Buddhists migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh who were living in India under Long Term Visa(LTV).
However, the largest number of such migrants whose numbers are over 12,000 and are living in Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Pali, Jalore, and Bikaner districts.
In the past five years, the district administration has asked about 1,151 Pakistani, who had come on travel visas to return to Pakistan.
In all, since 2017 over 1,500 people have been granted citizenship after the Home Department approved it. They were those who were living under the long term visa.
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