Sri Narendra Modi kept his promise . Hindu refugees do not have to live in camps as unwanted guests treated with contempt since they do not form vote banks by successive secular governments in W Bengal which is fast becoming an extension of Islamic State of Bangladesh. These hapless Hindus are obtaining Indian citizenship, which should have been their right for asking.
Any how we have to be grateful on behalf of much persecuted fellow Hindus to Narendra Modi led government for providing relief , finally after nearly 70 years doing the right thing.
The step motherly treatment of Hindu refugees in contrast to red carpet to illegal Moslem infiltrators who constitute vote banks for Congress, Communist or TMC secular parties, by both Congress govt at the center and Communist , then TMC at W Bengal will finally come to end. The handling of Hindu refugees is yet another black mark on history of Congress party rule starting with J L Nehru in 1947 who along with other conspirators, was party to chain of events detrimental to national integration, resulting in unspeakable atrocities on people of India, which are still continuing to date.
All bad things will come to an end too. And with a Hindu nationalist government at the helm instead of one run by an accidental Hindu the contrast cannot be more vivid in the country as well as internationally. May be slow but for sure all Himalayan blunders of those on whom greatness was thrust will be mended.
G V Chelvapilla
NEW DELHI, August 5, 2015
Updated: August 5, 2015 11:19 IST
Citizenship soon for those who fled religious persecution
A Pakistani Hindu boy protests in New Delhi against alleged rights violations in his country. File photo
Act to be amended for victims from Pakistan, Bangladesh; Bill getting ready.
In a move that will have far-reaching implications in Assam and some parts of north-west India, the Union Home Ministry will amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant citizenship to undocumented migrants who fled religious persecution in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The migrants include not just Hindus but also Buddhists, Christians, Zoroastrians, Sikhs and Jains.
Top Home Ministry sources have confirmed that a Bill is in the works to amend the Act and make changes to some provisions in the Foreigners Act, 1946, the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920, and the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950. The Law Ministry has vetted the amendments.
“This is an idea floated right after the Modi government came to power, but it was found that many people who fled into India fearing religious persecution do not have valid documents, or have their visas expired. Therefore, these people are illegal migrants and ineligible for citizenship,” a top official said. Several high-level meetings were held by the Ministry with the Law Minister, the Law Secretary and the Home Secretary to remedy the situation.
“Basically, two changes need to be made to the Passport Act, 1920, and Passport Rules, 1950, to exempt people who fled religious persecution from Pakistan or Bangladesh from being termed illegal migrants and offer them long-term visas while their case for citizenship is being considered,” a source said.
Citizenship issue can affect relations with neighbours
The cut-off date proposed for victims of religious persecution from Pakistan and Bangladesh who can apply for citizenship is December 31, 2014. Citizenship by registration (a minimum stay of seven years) and naturalisation (a minimum of 12 years) will be the two routes.
The External Affairs Ministry has cautioned the Home Ministry that the move could hurt India’s relations with its neighbours. Nevertheless, the political call has been taken.
The Citizenship Act, 1955, would have to be amended to reflect the exemption from the status of illegal migrant. “Section 2, sub-section 1’s clause (b) will have a proviso which will reflect this exemption,” a source said.
The amendment to the Passports Act, 1920, and Passport Rules, 1950, will have to be notified and tabled in Parliament for two months to allow for objections, if any, before being deemed clear. The amendments to the Citizenship Act, 1950, will be cleared as a Bill after being debated in Parliament.
On Monday, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said in Silchar: “No person who came from Bangladesh because of persecution or harassment will have to leave Assam or India. The NDA government will soon bring in necessary amendments to the Citizenship Act.”
“At his first public rally in Assam during the 2014 election campaign, Narendra Modi had said Hindu Bangladeshis would be removed from camps and given citizenship,” a senior BJP leader said.
Source: WHN Media Network