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Govt plans to give Pakistan refugees PAN, Aadhaar cards

Individuals belonging to minority communities from Pakistan and staying in India on a long-term visa may soon be allowed to purchase property, get PAN/ Aadhaar cards and even open bank accounts.

| New Delhi |
April 18, 2016 4:41:04 am

Individuals belonging to minority communities from Pakistan and staying in India on a long-term visa may soon be allowed to purchase property, get PAN/ Aadhaar cards and even open bank accounts.

According to a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification, the government is also considering a proposal to reduce the fees for registration as citizens of India from Rs 15,000 to Rs 100. The proposal also includes simplifying the procedures to grant Indian citizenship to such individuals.

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“The central government has been constantly reviewing the hardships being faced by the minority communities in Pakistan staying in India on LTV (Long Term Visa). To ease some of their difficulties, it is proposed to provide the facilities,” a notification issued by the MHA said.

Sources said that such individuals staying in close to 400 colonies across various cities in the country have been facing numerous challenges such as restrictions on movement and financial problems among others.

The newly planned facilities will also include ease of permissions to open bank accounts, purchase accommodation and self-employment after meeting certain conditions.

Among others, the concessions will also involve allowing travel within the state or union territory of stay, and permission to transfer visa papers to another state or union territory.

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