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NGO seeks registration of Pakistani Hindu migrants as overseas citizen

February 5, 2014,

Magha Shukla Saptami, Kaliyug Varsha 5115

JAIPUR: Ahead of the upcoming parliament session, Seemant Lok Sansthan, an NGO working to safeguard the rights and interests of Pakistani Hindu migrants, demanded that these people should be registered as overseas citizen of India.

At a press conference here on Wednesday, Hindu Singh Sodha, founder- convenor of the NGO said their organization has sought intervention of the prime minister, union home minister and chief minister of Rajasthan in the matter.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2013 based on the Citizenship Act, 1955 is likely to be passed in the Lok Sabha soon. Thus we have suggested some amendments in section 5, section 5(b), section 7- A and section 16 of the Act,” said Sodha.

He has also sought legislative changes for the same, alleging that the Union government through various amendments had given Indian citizenship to migrant Hindus coming from other countries but have always neglected around five lakh persecuted Pakistan and Bangladesh’s Hindus living in the state. Sodha claimed that many of these are living in the state for many years but the Union government have not accorded them with citizenship of India.

He added that if the government did not take steps for legislative changes for the same in the ongoing Parliament session, the NGO would hold agitation soon.

Source: TOI

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