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NRIs may get voting rights: Minister

Overseas Indian Affairs minister Oscar Fernandes said that the ultimate decision has to be taken by the Cabinet.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 21:22 IST

The Governmentindicated late on Tuesday that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) could get voting rights.

"From all angles, we are getting ready for that but ultimately a decision has to be taken in the Cabinet," Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs Oscar Fernandes told a news channel.

He said, "things are on the right track and there is a possibility that it will happen".

On the dual citizenship issue, he said a decision on it has been taken in the past one year and the first dual citizenship certificate would be given by Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh on January 7.

First Published: Dec 14, 2005 11:55 IST