New Delhi, India (BBN)-Minorities communities from Pakistan , Bangladesh and Afghanistan will get an opportunity to plead their cases for getting long term visa and citizenship with the Home Ministry planning to conduct special camps for them.
The move comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed facilities granted to minority communities from neighbouring countries and directed officials to conduct more special camps in coming months so that all pending cases related to LTV and citizenship are resolved before August 15, reports the PTI.
Facilities to be given to these minority communities include opening of bank accounts, purchase of dwelling units for self occupation and self employment, issuing driving licence , PAN card , Aadhar card and reduction of fees for registration as citizens of India.
The NDA government has taken a number of steps to address problems being faced by minority communities in neighbouring countries who have come to India due to religious persecution in their country.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended several facilities to these minority communities like submitting the application for registration as citizen of India in the offline mode in case they are not able to file these applications online.
Also permission to submit an affidavit for the Renunciation Certificate for citizenship and grant of initial LTV for a period of five years at a time, instead of one year.
Children of such Pakistan nationals on LTV are allowed to take admission in schools/ colleges/ Universities/ technical and professional institutions under foreigner quota without permission from the state government/UT Administration.
State Governments/ UT Administration are empowered to grant permission to such Pakistan nationals to engage themselves in employment of purely private nature.
State governments/UT Administration delegated powers for services like grant of visit to additional places, grant of No Objection to Return to India (NORI) and grant of permission to change in mode of travel and port of exit.
The Home Ministry also organised 26 special camps at district level in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh , Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh , Haryana and NCT of Delhi in 2015.
During these camps, 2,307 applications for LTV and 1994 applications for citizenship were received.
The state governments concerned have been advised to process these applications on priority basis.