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Reduction in Citizenship Registration Fee for Hindus and other minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh

  • A new amendment has been made in the Citizenship Rules, 2009, according to which members of minority communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan can become Indian citizens for just Rs.100 as registration fees.

    The registration fee has been reduced drastically from Rs.15,000 to Rs 100. The Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians of the aforementioned countries can avail of this benefit.

    The registration fee for other countries apart from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh shall remain the same as before, that is Rs. 15,000.

    Further the said amendment to the Citizenship Act adds a proviso which states that, the effect with respect to the applications submitted by any person belonging to these minority communities, in the absence of the collector, an officer not below the rank of the sub-divisional magistrate authorised in writing by the collector, may administer to the applicant.
     

    OUR TAKE

    The amendment made to the act shall surely act as a benefit to these minority communities but such provisions shall raise the levels of migration in the country further increasing the population and related issues like employment and place for living.


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