40 Afghani, 712 Pakistani Migrants Granted Indian Citizenship In 2019

NEW DELHI || Amid a raging debate on the Citizenship Bill and the proposed amendment by the Narendra Modi led NDA government at the centre, the Rajya Sabha was on Wednesday informed that 391 Afghani and 1595 Pakistani migrants have been granted Indian Citizenship during last three years (2016 to 2018).

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, in a written reply to a question regarding citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan, further said that in 2019, 40 Afghani and 712 Pakistani migrants have been granted Indian Citizenship till December 6.

Rai noted that provision for capturing online the citizenship data of migrants from minority communities namely – Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – hailing from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh was introduced in 2018 and as per available data, 927 Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan and Pakistan have been granted Indian Citizenship since then.

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