The Centre has said that as many as 84 applications from Bangladesh are pending with Union Home Ministry and state governments for Indian citizenship.
Disclosing this in the Parliament, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that Indian Citizenship is granted as per the provisions of Citizenship Act, 1955 and rules made there under to foreign nationals who make an application for Indian Citizenship in prescribed form.
“As per online data, total 4044 applications are under process at various levels for grant of Indian Citizenship. Of which, 1085 applications are under process in the Ministry of Home Affairs and 2959 are with various state governments and Union Territories,” Rijiju said.
Of the total 4044 cases, there are 84 cases from Bangladesh. “53 cases from Bangladesh are pending with MHA and the remaining 31 cases are pending with state governments,” Rijiju said.
Under Section 6 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, Citizenship of India by naturalization can be acquired by a foreigner (not illegal migrant) who is ordinarily resident in India for 12 years (throughout the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of application and for 11 years in the aggregate in the 14 years preceding the twelve months) and other qualifications as specified in Third Schedule to the Act.