Hindu Migrant From Pak to Get Property Rights


New Delhi: Delivering on the election promise to make India the haven for ostracized Hindus across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is working to make good that promise.

Hindu migrants from Pakistan here on long-term visas may soon be allowed to open bank accounts and buy residential properties measures that go a long way in integrating them with the economic system, even without Indian citizenship.

If this becomes policy, Hindu migrants will be able to open bank accounts on the basis of their visa and residential permits issued by the Foreigner Registration Office (FRO) or the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO).

The Modi government has been active on granting citizenship to Hindus from Pakistan (and Afghanistan as well). As ET had reported on May 21, in one year, the NDA government granted citizenship to over 4,000 Hindus from these South Asian countries, four times the number managed by UPA-2 in its five-year term.

Extending bank account and property purchase facilities to Hindus from Pakistan follows RBI’s nod on such a policy covering all Pakistani nationals in India who have long-term visas.