The Union Government on 24 December 2016 notified that the registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people as Indian citizens have been reduced from Rs 15000 to Rs 100.
The new rules will be applicable to minority communities from three neighbouring countries Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh living in India on long term visa. These minority communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians.
• For minority community people from countries other than Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the fees will be Rs 10000 for registration in India and Rs 15000 if they are registered elsewhere.
• The minority members from the neighbouring countries will be required to take oath of allegiance as an Indian citizen in front of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, in case if the Collector, Deputy Commissioner or District Magistrate are absent.
• The power of citizenship has been delegated to the district collectors in Chhattisgarh, Gujrat, MP, UP, Maharashtra, West & South Delhi and Rajasthan also.
• The changes were made after amending various provisions of the Citizenship Rules, 2009.
What: Reduced to Rs 100
When: 24 December 2016
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