Indian government has issued a statement on Humanitarian grounds to allow Hindu and other minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh can now stay in India post their visa expiry. Central government personnel under Narendra Modi leadership issued to grant exemption for minorities who are stranded in India. Centre is planning to avail stay in the country for minorities who have entered the country on or before December 31st of last year.
Statement elucidates that refugees from neighbouring nations can now abruptly stay in India whose Visa has expired during last year and are continuing to stay in India. Centre states that the decision has been undertaken based on humanitarian grounds. Minority communities from Bangladesh and Pakistan and other neighbouring nations like Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists are living in India due to religious abuse in their countries. Many have entered India in the recent past without any valid Passport and Visa documents. Till now there hasn’t been an exact count of minorities stranded in India, officials are estimating that a total of 2 lakh minorities are staying in India whose visa has expired.
Central Home Ministry has stated,” The Government of India will exempt Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities, who have entered India on or before December 31, 2014, from the relevant provisions of rules and order made under the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946 in respect of their entry and stay in India without such documents or after the expiry of those documents, as the case may be.”