Home Ministry: Over 800 Pakistani Nationals Given Indian Citizenship In 2019

18,855 people of 56 nationalities were given Indian citizenship in last five years.

Sohil Nikam

September 21, 2020

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More than 800 Pakistani nationals were given Indian citizenship in 2019, according to the Home Ministry. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs said that as many as 2,120 Pakistani nationals, 188 Afghan nationals and 99 Bangladesh nationals were granted Indian citizenship in the last three years. If figures from the last five years are to be looked at, 18,855 people of 56 nationalities were made Indian nationals.

On Sunday, Rai had told the Lok Sabha that a total of 15,012 Bangladeshi, 2,668 Pakistani, 109 Sri Lankan, 665 Afghan, 105 American, 40 Nepali, 40 UK, 23 Kenyan, 21 Malaysian, 18 Canadian and 18 Singaporean citizens were given Indian nationality between 2015 and 2019. The MoS has said, “Records of persons granted Indian citizenship under Section 5 (by registration) or Section 6 (by naturalisation) of the Citizenship Act, 1955 are maintained as per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 are maintained as per the provisions of the said Act and rules made thereunder. These records are not maintained religion-wise.”

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