'No hassles to get Indian citizenship to Goans born abroad'

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 08 April 2013 18:18 IST

Children of Indian parents born abroad will now get Indian citizenship and Indian passport without hassles as per the new guidelines issued by union home ministry.

Tivim MLA Kiran Kandolkar today raised the issue in the Assembly, complaining that the passport office is denying Indian citizenship to the Goans, who were born abroad, either during Portuguese regime or later.

In reply, chief minister Manohar Parrikar informed the House that the union home ministry has revised its policy in this regard from 1 February.

The initiative in this regard was taken by the Commissioner of NRI Affairs, he said.

Many Goans, who were born abroad, faced the problem though they came down to settle in Goa, have election card, PAN card, ration card, studied in school or college here and even worked here as government servants.

Some of them have even retired but are still struggling to get Indian citizenship.

This revised policy would benefit to Goans born as minors in the then Portuguese territories of Angola, Mozambique, Macau, Guinea etc as well as the then British territories of Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria etc.

These Goans have come down to Goa for permanent settlement but are still not getting Indian citizenship.

In view of this, the union home ministry has amended Goa, Daman and Diu (Citizenship) Order 1962.

As per the revised policy, any Goan born abroad between 26 January 1950 to 9 December 1992 but his/her father was Indian citizen will get Indian citizenship by descent.

A similar provision has also been made to Goans, who were born on or after 10 December 1992, provided either of their parents has been registered with Indian Mission abroad within a period of one of their birth.

In such cases, said Parrikar, their documents like voting card, PAN card or other documents as well as their school or college education in Goa would be accepted as a proof of residing in Goa since long.

However, the chief minister also made it clear that all these documents would be examined and its genuineness would be verified.

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