Local Goa News

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Collectors to decide on issues of dual citizenship

PANAJI: A notification appointing district collectors as designated authorities to decide on individual applications of Portuguese citizenship issues will be out in two weeks after which people who have registered their births in Portugal can approach them with their cases.

At a meeting called by the joint secretary of the Union ministry for home affairs (foreigners and citizenship division) in New Delhi, which was attended by senior officials from the state home department, it was decided that the final decision on citizenship would rest with the district collectors of North and South Goa, who will scrutinize each application in terms of the Indian Citizenship Act 1955 and Rules of 2009.
Should both the district collectors be flooded with applications, the state government could write to the Centre requesting for more designated authorities, in which case, additional collectors may also be notified as designated authorities.
Officials say they expect politicians who have registered their births at the Central Registry in Lisbon, to be the first to approach the designated authorities followed by government servants and the public, who may or may not approach the authorities.
It was the Union minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, who announced the setting up of an authority to take a call on the citizenship issue.
A number of Goans have registered their births at the Conservatoria dos Registos Centrais (Central Registry of Births), Lisbon, to give their children an opportunity of registering their births, enabling them to obtain their Portuguese passports for migration purposes.
Many of those who have registered their births haven't applied for their cartao do cidadao (photo identity citizenship card), or the Portuguese passport.

TOI Goa News

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