Indian Citizenship News
The nine states where Indian citizenship by registration or naturalisation is given under the Citizenship Act, 1955 to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra
Matters related to citizenship are handled by the Centre but it can delegate powers to state officials. Now the Ministry of Home Affairs has empowered two districts in Gujarat to give citizenship to minority communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan under the Citizenship Act, 1955
Centre to grant citizenship to minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan under Citizenship Act, 1955
According to a Union home ministry notification, those Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians residing in the districts of Anand and Mehsana in Gujarat will be allowed to register as a citizen of India under the Citizenship Act, 1955
The power to grant Indian citizenship lies with the MHA which approves the application after detailed verification and scrutiny
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