ABDUL WAHAB KHAN | NT
Panaji: In a rare occurrence, as many as 12 Goans, who have acquired foreign citizenship have applied for registration as citizens of India with the North Goa district authority.
As India does not allow dual citizenship, these applicants will have to give up their foreign citizenship.
These applicants hailing from Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, France and Portugal are mostly elderly persons, whose parents, or they themselves, were born in Goa but migrated to these countries. now these applicants wish to settle in India and secure their property rights.
Among the 12 applications, four are of Pakistani nationals, three from Portuguese nationals, two from Kenyan nationals and one each from Nepali, Iranian and French nationals.
Through a gazette notification issued in February 2009 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the District Collectors have been given powers to process the applications for Indian citizenship.
Accordingly, these online applications, received by the North District Collector since January this year, are now at different stages of scrutiny for the purpose of awarding Indian citizenship in accordance with provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
While in some cases, the Collector is waiting for the police verification report, in other cases, the applications have already been submitted to the state government along with the Collector’s report.
As per the Act, the Collector shall forward every application received under clauses (a), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g) of sub-section (1) of Section 5 or sub-section (1) of Section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 to the state government, as the case may be, within a period of 60 days from the date of its receipt, along with a report on conformity of conditions laid down in the relevant clauses of Section 5 or Section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 as well as police verification report.
However, the applicant needs to comply with the requirement of 12 months residency period before the date of his/her application and also give an undertaking in writing that he/she shall renounce the citizenship of his/her country in the event of his/her application being sanctioned and make an oath of allegiance as specified in the Second Schedule to the Citizenship Act, 1955.
The state government, as the case may be, shall forward the application along with its recommendation and the report of the Collector to the central government within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of the Collector’s report.