DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand has identified 200 Hindu refugees from Pakistan who are going to be granted citizenship under the newly passed Citizenship Amendment Act.
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat blamed the Congress for creating confusion and instigating people against the CAA.
"The Congress party is functioning on a divide and rule policy by using students for political gain. The Congress never passed a resolution for freedom and that they even have problems with Vande Mataram," said the CM.
He also added that Muslims aren't persecuted in Pakistan but Hindus are forced to convert adding that the share of Hindus have come right down to 2.7% from 23% since 1947.
State government officials said that the method is on and shortly the paperwork are going to be filed after due investigation.
Madan Kaushik, state cabinet minister, said, "We are committed to protecting minorities from these countries. Congress party has lost its chance to garner support of the people. Identification work for refugees is on and shortly we'll send the list to the central government."
Mostly residing in Haridwar, Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar districts, a majority of those refugees hold close odd jobs and charity for survival.
They hope that becoming citizens of this country will enable them to measure a lifetime of dignity. they will apply for jobs and begin their own businesses, say the now stateless people.
Nand Kishore (81) is happy as he hopes to urge Indian citizenship. He was taken along by a Muslim landlord to Pakistan during partition but returned to India in 1974. He decided to not return .
His relations have Indian citizenship but not him. Settled in Rudrapur of Udham Singh Nagar district, the daddy of six and grandfather of eight has applied for 25 extensions to his future visa.
Procedures to deport him back to Pakistan were initiated in 2002 after his visa expired again but the choice was reviewed when he pleaded with Indian authorities after presenting proof.