Indian citizenship granted to 18 Pakistanis residing in Ahmedabad

The Ahmedabad District Collectorate has granted citizenship to 1,167 Hindu refugees who were residing in Gujarat. Read below to find what the Minister of State for Home Affairs Harsh Sanghavi had to say on the occasion.

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Indian citizenship is granted to a Pakistani national in Ahmedabad on Saturday by Minister of State for Home Affairs Harsh Sanghavi. In the Ahmedabad District Collector's office, 18 Pakistani nationals who had immigrated and established in Ahmedabad were granted Indian citizenship by Minister of State for Home Affairs Harsh Sanghavi.

By granting citizenship to the refugees, the government has opened new doors for these individuals as they are now legally Indians. They can now reap the benefits of Indian citizens. 

Thoughts of Harsh Sanghavi

Sanghavi's opinions on the event were made public through a government statement. She said that the day had significance in their life. They are now considered citizens of India. Every Indian citizen is entitled to all government schemes and benefits. 

Demographics of refugees 

The Ahmedabad District Collectorate has granted citizenship to 1,167 Hindu refugees who were residing in Gujarat up to this point. The Gazette of 2016 and 2018 gave the district collectors of Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, and Kutch the authority to award Indian citizenship to members of the minority communities of Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, and Hindus from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The collectors from the districts of Anand and Mehsana were later included in this list.