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07 JUNE, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1.  Recently, the Union Cabinet had approved proposals for extending several benefits to asylum seekers. Discuss the major changes proposed. How shall these changes affect asylum seekers who have been exploited and have been subjected to violence since many years? (200 words)


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  • Osho Korde

    Many members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities have come to India fearing persecution in their home countries.
    The Union Cabinet approved proposals for extending several benefits to “persecuted” minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh living in India on long-term visas.
    • They can now take up self-employment, buy property, open bank accounts and get driving licences, PAN card and Aadhaar.
    • The government has waived the penalty on late application for extension of their short- or long-term visas.
    • The registration fees for citizenship will be reduced to Rs. 100 from Rs. 3,000-15,000. Soon, the Citizenship Rules, 2009, will be amended to help such persons get citizenship.
    • As approved by the Union Cabinet, the beneficiaries can buy property for self-occupation or use in self-employment.
    • They are allowed free movement within the State of their stay, and can get their long-term visa papers transferred from one State to another.

    These changes would finally give the asylum seekers a big relief, they would now have a right to free movement in a state and can own property for the economic purposes. The union cabinet has really considered the demand and after long time the asylum seekers would get some relief.