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Karnataka Witnesses Applications for Indian Citizenship under CAA

Karnataka Witnesses Applications For Indian Citizenship Under Caa

In a significant development, 145 individuals in Karnataka have submitted applications for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to postal sources in Bengaluru. Notably, all applications have originated from just two districts within the state.

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Key Points:

  • Regional Distribution: A total of 143 applications have been received from Raichur, with an additional two applications originating from Dakshina Kannada. The majority of applicants are reported to be Hindus from Pakistan.
  • Ongoing Process: There is no specified deadline for submitting applications, as the process is described as ongoing.
  • Divisional Offices: Despite Bengaluru hosting four divisional offices, none of them have reported receiving any applications for citizenship under the CAA.
  • CAA Provisions: The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) extends Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014.
  • Verification and Certification: Postal and railway employees have been designated as members of an empowered committee to verify and issue certificates as per CAA provisions. Nearly 12,000 applications have been filed across the country, with 300 individuals recently granted citizenship certificates.
  • Processing Timeline: Applicants are required to upload all necessary documents online and schedule appointments accordingly. In-person appointments are scheduled to begin on May 25 in Raichur, with a target of completing all processing tasks by May 31. Dakshina Kannada authorities have set appointments for June 5 for their two applicants.
  • State-Level Verification: Following processing by the postal department, applications will be forwarded to a state-level empowered committee for further verification. The Ministry of Home Affairs will then make the final decision on each application.

As the process unfolds, authorities remain committed to ensuring the efficient and transparent implementation of CAA provisions, facilitating the citizenship applications of eligible individuals across the country.

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