MHA empowers collectors of 13 more districts; home secretaries of 2 more states to grant citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The home ministry on Friday delegated powers for grant of Indian citizenship to immigrants belonging to minority communities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, to the home secretaries of Punjab and Haryana, besides collectors of 13 additional districts spread across Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. These powers were since 2018 delegated to the home secretaries of seven states and collectors of 16 districts across these seven states.
In a notification issued on Friday, the home ministry said the collectors of Morbi, Rajkot, Patan and Vadodara in Gujarat; Durg and Balodabazar in Chhattisgarh; Jalore, Udaipur, Pali, Barmer and Sirohi in Rajasthan; Faridabad in Haryana and Jalandhar in Punjab would have the powers exercisable by the Central government for registration as a citizen of India under Section 5, or for grant of certificate of naturalisation under Section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 in respect of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladeshi applicants belonging to religious minorities there, who are ordinarily resident in their respective districts. In respect of applicants residing in districts other than Faridabad in Haryana and Jalandhar in Punjab, the secretaries of home departments of the two states can exercise these powers.
Earlier in 2018, these powers were delegated to the collectors to Raipur in Chhattisgarh; Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kutch in Gujarat; Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh; Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune and Thane in Maharashtra; Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur in Rajasthan; Lucknow in UP; and West Delhi and South Delhi in Delhi; apart from the home secretaries of these seven states.
Applications for registration as citizens or grant of certificate of naturalisation, as per the notification issued on Friday, would have to be made online. The verification of the application shall be done simultaneously by the collector or the secretary, as the case may be, at the district level and the state level and the application and the reports thereon shall be made accessible simultaneously to the Central Government on online portal.
The collector or the secretary, as the case may be, shall make such inquiry as he considers necessary for ascertaining the suitability of the applicant and for that purpose forward the application online to such agencies for verification and comments as may be required. The comments shall be uploaded online by such agencies and be accessible to the collector or the secretary, as the case may be, and the Central government.
The collector or the secretary, as the case may be, on being satisfied with the suitability of the applicant, shall grant him the citizenship of India by registration or naturalisation and issue a certificate of registration or naturalisation. The collector and the secretary shall maintain an online as well as physical register containing the details of the person so registered or naturalised as a citizen of India and furnish a copy thereof to the Central Government within seven days of registration or naturalisation.

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