People belonging to minority communities of Pakistan and Bangladesh, staying in India on a Long Term Visa, will soon be granted Indian citizenship, claims report.
Reportedly, the Ministry of Home Affairs has come up with various draft amendments which will exempt Pakistan and Bangladesh’s minority citizens from being categorised as illegal migrants.
With the amendments such refugees will be legally allowed to stay in India and also apply for citizenship.
Though the exact number of minority refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan living in India is not known, according to rough official estimates there are around two lakh such people, mostly Hindus and Sikhs.
There are around 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Raipur, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Kutch, Bhopal, Indore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Delhi and Lucknow.