RTI report: Majority of the foreigners who got Indian citizenship are Pakistanis - TNBC USA

According to the report submitted to a RTI query by the Citizenship wing of ministry of home affairs, government of India Raman Sharma a Jammu based activist reveals nearly 77% of all foreigners who were granted Indian Citizenship from 2017 are Pakistanis.

Sharma said, “Among 2,664 foreigners, who applied for Indian citizenship, over 77 percent were Pakistanis followed by (citizens of) Afghanistan. A total of 188 Afghan nationals were granted Indian citizenship during the same period. Bangladeshis ranked third in the list. A total of 97 Bangla(desh) nationals were given Indian citizenship,”

He further added,“MHA data further revealed that people from across the world including some citizens of the well resourced and developed countries like the US (59) England (19), Malaysia (19), Canada (14), Singapore (13), Germany (6), Australia (4), France (3), Italy (3), China (2), and one each from Israel and Russia had also applied and were granted Indian nationality between January 1, 2017 to August 3,”

The list also incorporates 57 Sri Lankans, 32 Nepalese, eight Iranians, two Zambians, three Portuguese, two South Africans, and once each from Moldova, Jamaica, Eritrea, Chile, Poland, Kazakhstan, and the Czech Republic

Amid the CAA tension, this report will add a fresh debate on the Act which provides the grant of Indian Citizenship to victimized minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. 

Source~ Hindustan Times

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