Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla hands over citizenship certificates to 14 people who applied for citizenship under CAA in Delhi. Director, Intelligence Bureau, Tapan Kumar Deka and Registrar-General of India, Mrityunjay Kumar Narayan were present at the event. Photo: Special Arrangement


The Union Government on Wednesday granted citizenship certificates to more than 300 people who applied under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, a senior government official said. 

At least 14 people were handed their certificates by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla in Delhi, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a statement. 

The country of origin of the applicants was not disclosed by the government but a government source said that most applicants were Pakistani Hindus. 

The 14 people who received the certificates in Delhi came from Pakistan in 2013.

The source said that as applications were being scrutinised and finalised, certificates were being sent by post to beneficiaries in other parts of the country. Most Pakistani Hindus who entered India legally are living in Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, and Delhi. 

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