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Pakistani Hindus can register for Indian citizenship with fee as low as Rs 100

ByPTI, Jodhpur
Dec 24, 2016 08:38 PM IST

The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three neighbouring countries -- including Pakistan -- as Indian citizens have been reduced to as low as Rs 100 from Rs 15,000.

The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three neighbouring countries -- including Pakistan -- as Indian citizens have been drastically reduced to as low as Rs 100 from Rs 15,000.

The registration fees for Hindus from three neighbouring countries as Indian citizens has been reduced to as low as Rs 100.(Representative image)
The registration fees for Hindus from three neighbouring countries as Indian citizens has been reduced to as low as Rs 100.(Representative image)

In a gazette notification, the home ministry said the new rules will be applicable to minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and living in India on long term visa.

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However, for minority community people from countries other than the three, the fees will be Rs 10,000 for registration in India and Rs 15,000 if registered elsewhere.

The changes have been made after amending various provisions of the Citizenship Rules 2009.

The new rules also allow the minority members from the neighbouring countries to take oath of allegiance as an Indian citizen in front of sub-divisional magistrate, in case of absence of collector, deputy commissioner or district magistrate.

The Hindu Singh Sodha, chairman of the Seemant Lok Sangthan, a voluntary organisation fighting for the rights of refugees, said the decision has come as a huge relief for minorities belonging to the neighbouring countries.

“We had been demanding for delegating the citizenship powers of the district collectors and reduction in the application fee to just Rs 100 per application for these poor people since long.

“We are delighted that after series of meetings, our demand was honoured by the home ministry,” Sodha said.

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