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Panel wants central body to settle dual citizenship cases

While Portugal recognises dual citizenship, India does not.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | June 1, 2016 12:51:20 am

In a bid to resolve the dual citizenship issue in Goa, a high-level inter-ministerial committee set up by the Centre in January 2015 has recommended that the matter be decided in accordance with Indian citizenship laws on a case-to-case basis by an authority designated by the Centre.

The committee has said the designated authority will “receive the representations, enquire upon, in just, fair, reasonable and transparent manner, and submit the report along with recommendations to the central government”.

If any question arises as to whether, when or how any Indian citizen acquired citizenship of another country, it should be determined by the authority in accordance with “Section 9 (2) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, that is further clarified by Rule 40 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009, as well as rules of procedures specified in Schedule III of the Citizenship Rules, 2009”.

The report states, “If it appears that an Indian citizen has voluntarily acquired citizenship of another country, the burden of proving that he has not done so voluntarily will be on him.”

Further, any citizen leaving the country without a travel document issued by the Indian government and residing outside India for more than three years shall be deemed to have voluntarily acquired the citizenship of the country of his residence.

While Portugal recognises dual citizenship, India does not.

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