Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the government does not maintain religion-wise data on those who were granted Indian citizenship.
It may be mentioned that around 19,000 nationals from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, as well as Sri Lanka and Myanmar, have been granted Indian citizenship since 2014.
Replying to a question from CPI member Kerala K Somaparasad, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said that more than 15,000 out of total 18,999 people granted Indian citizenship since 2014 are from Bangladesh.
While 15,036 of these 18,999 people are from Bangladesh, 14,864 of them were granted citizenship after the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) was signed in 2015. Since these people were already living within Indian territory, only 172 Bangladeshis were thus granted citizenship during this period on an individual basis after arriving in India, it was informed.
The MHA data says that 2,935 Pakistanis, 914 Afghans, 113 Sri Lankans and one Myanmar national were granted Indian citizenship during this period.
During the debate on the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act in the Rajya Sabha on December 11th, 2019, Shah had said, “This law has provisions to grant citizenship. That is not being deleted. In the past five years, more than 566 Muslims have been granted Indian citizenship.”
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