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Come with full proofs: DM

Finally there is hope for some 160 Sindhi-Hindu families, who migrated from district Sukkhur Pakistan after 1971 war, and are residing in Lucknow for the last 30 years, but yet to get Indian citizenship.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 00:48 IST

Finally there is hope for some 160 Sindhi-Hindu families, who migrated from district Sukkhur Pakistan after 1971 war, and are residing in Lucknow for the last 30 years, but yet to get Indian citizenship.

District Magistrate RN Tripathi, has convened a meeting with the members of the Sindhi community here at the Collectorate to listen to the problems being faced by them in procuring long-term visa and Indian citizenship.

“Those facing any difficulty in this connection should come with all their relevant documents on March 31 at 11 am to Swarn Jyanti Sabhagar in the Collectorate,” Tripathi said. It maybe recalled that Hindustan Times had recently carried a report on the plight and hardships of these people, who had migrated from Pakistan in the hope of a better in this country. According to a Union Government Order every Hindu migrant from Pakistan is eligible for citizenship after five years of his stay in India, subject to certain conditions.

But these migrants from across the border not only live under threat of being deported back, but they also have to shell out Rs 1,600 to the Pakistani Embassy every five year for renewal of their passport and visa. The fault lies at the authorities doorstep as most of these families had completed necessary paperwork related to obtaining Indian citizenship long time back. Ironically, this problem exists only in Uttar Pradesh. Similar migrants elsewhere in the country have already been awarded Indian citizenship.