Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday met Pakistani Hindu refugees in New Delhi and assured them of long-term visas to enable them to settle in this country, a senior DSGMC official said.
The assurance came after a delegation of Pakistan’s Hindus who met him under the leadership of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa who pleaded for grant citizenship to families who have come to India on tourist/pilgrims/visitor visa and want to settle down in India.
Sirsa who led the delegation who were forced to leave Pakistan after the religious persecution thanked the Home Minister for taking various measures and initiatives like Citizen Amendment Act for granting them citizenship.
Sirsa informed Home Minister that around 750 Hindus are living in bank of yamuna off a busy road in makeshift tents and un-plastered walls with metal roofs in north Delhi’s Majnu ka Tila area who fled the neighbouring country to seek refuge here while many others live in resettlement colonies on the outskirts of New Delhi in Rohini Sector 9 and 11, Adarsh Nagar and near the Signature Bridge.
Union home minister had assured the delegation that all Hindu refugees will be accepted as country’s citizens and the head of the family would get a certificate that will be valid for the rest of the family as well, said Sirsa.