Goans registering birth in Portugal are Indian citizens: CM

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 30 April 2013 17:31 IST

Goa government has taken a firm stand that an Indian does not lose citizenship because of birth being registered in more than one country.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar however has made it clear that any Goan would lose the citizenship if they seek Portuguese passport.

He also informed the House that around 22,000 Goans have opted for Portuguese passport, though the Portuguese Consulate in Goa is not providing any official information in this regard.

The issue of was once again discussed in the House today when Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco raised the issue of a police officer having registered his birth in Portugal.

Parrikar agreed to his demand of probing the particular issue within six months, but clarified that nothing is wrong in registering birth in two countries.

“There are many Indians born in foreign countries who come back and register their births in India”, he argued.

He also referred to the complaints two MLAs of the House (Glenn Ticlo and Caitan Silva) are presently facing due to their birth registration.

The chief minister also observed that the world is becoming small day by day and even the central government is seriously thinking of giving dual citizenship to Indians.

As Mickky went on questioning whether this police officer is Indian or Portuguese citizen, Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho provided a different dimension to the issue.

He requested the House not to consider the act as anti-national since Goans are seeking Portuguese passports, which provide a gateway to European countries to get better employment.

Mickky requested not to mix up the issue of Portuguese passport with birth registration in Portugal.

“Passport has nothing to do with Indian citizenship. It is just a travel document”, he argued.

However, Parrikar argued contrary to this, though agreed that passport issue should not be mixed up with the issue of birth registration.

He took a firm stand that multi-registrations of birth does not amount to losing Indian citizenship, but having foreign passport would result into losing Indian citizenship.

When Rane pointed out at the Assembly reply of around 800 Goans from St Andre constituency having Portuguese passports, Parrikar said: “We have immediately deleted their names from the electoral role.”

He said Goans, soon after liberation in 1961, were given an option to apply within 30 days for Portuguese citizenship.

“Those who did not apply were considered Indian citizens”, he said.

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i Mr. Ayres Vaz born on 25th aug 1950 a goan wants to make a portugese passport. I have my paperts like birth certificate registered in goa nd tuer etc

- Ayres Vaz, mumbai | 04 th December 2014 11:38


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