16 collectors in 7 states can register Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists from Pak, Afghan, B’desh as Indians

NEW DELHI: The Government has authorised 16 collectors in seven states in the country to register as Indian citizens the members of minority community from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The Home Ministry in a notification said any person belonging to minority community — Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from the three countries can avail the facility.

Those who were given the powers are collectors of Raipur (Chhattisgarh); Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kutch (Gujarat); Bhopal and Indore (Madhya Pradesh); Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune and Thane (Maharashtra); Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur (Rajasthan); Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh); and West Delhi and South Delhi.

The powers for registration were given to the collectors under the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955), the notification said. (AGENCIES)