NEW DELHI: The Indian government issued Indian Citizenship to around 4300 Sikh,Hindu Refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan as a first step towards their decision of allotting the Indian nationality to 2 lakhs refugees from neighboring countries.
As per the sources, the BJP-led government has issued citizenship to approximately 4300 Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan and Afghanistan in just one year.
During the governance of the former government, this figure was only 1 thousand and 23 thousand. This decision was initiated by the home minister, Rajnath Singh, under the declared policy of the BJP party.
According to the policy of the BJP political party, ‘India is the natural home for all Hindus.’ He further improvised that they will always be welcomed there for refuge.
The officials revealed that during his elections campaigning, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had announced that Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh will be treated like Indian citizens.
The sources further explained that since the Modi government took charge in 2014, around 19’000 refugees have been allocated long-term visas in Madhya Pradesh, nearly 11’000 long term visas for Rajasthan and 4000 in Gujrat till date.
The home ministry had introduced an online system in April, to receive the submissions for the long term visa applications. The purpose of this initiative was to save the refugees seeking permanent settlement in India from trouble.
Cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner, currently have about 400 settlements for Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan. The Hindu refugees from Bangladesh prefer living in West Bengal and northeastern states while the Sikh refugees choose to live in Delhi, Punjab and Chandigarh.