‘No ‘Specific’ Proposal of Providing Identity Certificate to WP Refugees’

NEW DELHI: The Union Government on Wednesday said no “specific proposal” of providing “nativity and identity certificate” to West Pakistan (WP) refugees was under consideration of Jammu and Kashmir Government.

In written replies to questions by Amar Singh of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Majeed Memon of NCP in Rajya Sabha, junior Ministers of Home, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju, said that Jammu and Kashmir has reported that there is “no such proposal at present to grant domicile certificate”.

While maintaining West Pakistan refugees settled in Jammu and Kashmir “are Indian citizens”, Ahir also said, “the State Government has reported that ‘there is no such proposal at present under consideration of the State Government for the West Pakistan refugees’.”

He was replying to a question whether the Union Government is aware that the State Government had recently decided to issue “nativity and identity certificates to about 1.5 lakh refugees for erstwhile Pakistan”.

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