2,000 Pakistani Hindus living in Nagpur are ready to apply for citizenship.

Heartened by the Centre’s move to notify the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), around 2,000 Pakistani Hindus living in Nagpur are preparing for it. Ask for Indian citizenship.

Expatriates from the neighboring country are finding out the nuances of filing online applications that will enable them to stay in India without the hassle of visa extensions and other paperwork. Moreover, some of their relatives who have entered the country in recent years are seeking relaxation in the cut-off date to accommodate them.

center monday The CAA was implemented by notifying rules four years after Parliament passed a law to grant fast-track citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014. .

Vinod Raheja, from Ghotki town in Pakistan’s Sindh province, said he and seven of his family members came to India through the Wagah-Attari border on December 31, 2014, on a visit visa.

Referring to CAA, Raheja said that he had not even dreamed of the ‘life-changing’ event happening after 10 years. He is among those who have already submitted their online applications Indian citizenship.

A resident of Nagpur’s Jaripatka area, which has a large Sindhi population, Raheja said he was a textile merchant in Pakistan when he came to India with his wife, two children, parents and two other relatives. Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for making the CAA a reality, Raheja said, “We are staying here on long-term visas. We are thrilled with the implementation of the CAA because now we will become citizens of India. “

Raheja, who works in a private company, has requested PM Modi to relax the cut-off date for people like his mother-in-law and her family, who came to India six months after his entry. “This will be a big relief as they will have to go through processes like long-term visas and other paperwork,” he said.

Sagar Wadhwa came to India with his family from Quetta in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in 2012, when he was in class 9. The 27-year-old businessman from Nagpur said he is excited that India will now be his permanent home. Wadhwa said, his online application has also been submitted.

Rajesh Jhambia, a local social activist working for the rights of such migrants, told PTI that he has already received 100 applications for online submission. “The applications will be filed till Sunday. Around 2,000 citizenship applications will be filed from Nagpur,” he said.

Like Raheja, Zambia also requested PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to consider the cases of migrants who came to India after 2014.

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