Bill may not help many Bangladeshi nationals

Only a small number Bangladeshi nationals are likely to benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Bill, as fewer than 200 people from the neighbouring country have so far availed the long-term visas (LTVs), a senior Home Ministry official said. The number of LTVs issued by the Union Home Ministry to Bangladeshi nationals from 2011 to January 8, 2019, is just 187, the official told PTI. “There cannot be too many Bangladeshis applying for the Indian nationality under the proposed new law. Otherwise, they would have already taken the LTVs for which criteria are the same,” the official said. Of the 187 LTVs granted to Bangladeshi nationals, only two were given in 2018, three in 2017, 50 LTVs in 2016, 26 in 2015, 74 in 2014, 27 in 2012 and four in 2011. No LTV was issued to any Bangladeshi national in 2013. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had already said the Bill would apply to all the States and the Union Territories and the beneficiaries could reside anywhere in the country. “The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden,” he had said. Home Ministry sources said the Ministry was considering a proposal to provide incentives to those people who want to settle in places other than the northeast.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/bill-may-not-help-many-bangladeshi-nationals/article26046118.ece

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