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PM promises dual citizenship to all NRIs

Saturday 8 January 2005

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday announced dual citizenship to all Indians who migrated after Jan 26, 1950 and said details will be worked out soon.

"I am happy to announce that we have decided to extend the facility of dual citizenship to all overseas Indians who migrated from India after Jan 26, 1950, as long as their home countries allow dual citizenship under their local laws," he said while inaugurating the ’Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ here.

Some 2,000 overseas Indians are taking part in the three-day conference.

The announcement is seen as a major improvement on the previous government’s decision to grant dual citizenship to overseas Indians in select developed countries.

"I do hope that a day will come when every single overseas Indian who wishes to secure Indian citizenship will actually be able to do so," the prime minister said.

See online : Times of India

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