CAA: 145 people from Karnataka apply for citizenship

Nearly 12,000 people have applied across the country, with 300 handed over citizenship certificates recently.
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BENGALURU: In all, 145 people in Karnataka have applied for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). They have sent their applications to the Postal Department, said postal sources. Surprisingly, all of them are from just two districts in the state.

“We have received 143 applications from Raichur and two from Dakshina Kannada. Most of them are Hindus from Pakistan. There is no deadline for sending the applications as it is an ongoing process,” the source said.

Another source said, “We don’t know when these individuals relocated to Raichur, but our Divisional Office there has received 143 applications. Bengaluru has four divisional offices, but it has not received even one application.”

CAA offers Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014. After implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on March 11 this year, a notification was issued making postal and Railway employees members of an empowered committee to verify and issue certificates. 

Nearly 12,000 people have applied across the country, with 300 handed over citizenship certificates recently. “The applicant needs to upload all the necessary documents online and appointments too are scheduled online. The first in-person appointment will happen on May 25 at Raichur with the applicants expected to produce all original documents. The postal staff plan to complete processing all the applications by May 31 as 28 appointments have been given in a day. Dakshina Kannada authorities have given appointments for both the applicants on June 5. The job of the postal department will be over by June 5,” he added.

After completing the process, the postal department will send the applications to a state-level empowered committee, another official said. “It will be verified again by them and the verification details and documents will be uploaded on the CAA portal. The Ministry of Home Affairs will take the final decision on the applications,” the official added.

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