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Monday, July 4, 2016

State to set up two offices to decide dual citizenship issue

Panaji: The state government on Monday recommended that two offices of "authority" be set up to decide on complaints pertaining to dual citizenship.

Ministry of home affairs (MHA) held a meeting with state government officials to discuss the constitution of an authority to decide on citizenship issues. Director of NRI affairs Sanjiv Gadkar told TOI that state government wanted to constitute two offices of authority so that people would not have to travel long distance to Panaji.
"It is up to the MHA to take a decision on whether they will have one or two offices in the state," he added.
MHA asked the state government for the exact figure for the number of Goan who have acquired Portuguese nationality, but the government said they were not in possession of that information.
An inter-ministerial panel set up by the Modi government to resolve the citizenship issue of Goans who technically became Portuguese nationals by virtue of enrolment in the Central Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths maintained in Lisbon, Portugal, has recommended setting up of a designated authority to decide on dual citizenship.
The dual citizenship issue has seen several FIRs filed against a number of persons, including politicians, police personnel and others.
Children of those born before Goa's liberation and whose parents' birth is registered in Portugal are also eligible to register their births in Portugal and to obtain citizenship or a 'Bilhete de Identidade'.

TOI Goa News

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