Pakistani Hindus staying in India on a Long Term Visa (LTV), will soon allowed to buy property, open bank account and enroll for PAN and Aadhaar cards, the BJP Government planning to roll out special facilities for them. Among other concessions the government offered them reduction in fees for registration as citizens of India from INR 15,000 to as low as INR 100. As per rough official estimates there are around two lakh such people, mostly Hindus and Sikhs. There are around 400 Pakistani Hindu refugee settlements in cities like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Raipur, Kutch, Rajkot, Bhopal, Mumbai, Indore, Nagpur, Lucknow, Pune and Delhi. The central government has been constantly reviewing the hardships being faced by the minority communities in Pakistan staying in India on LTV. To ease some of their difficulties, it is proposed to provide the facilities,” a notification issued by the Home Ministry says.

The Narendra Modi government came to power in May-2014, several steps were taken including issuance of LTV for these refugees have been initiated. In September 2015, the government had allowed minority refugees from Pakistan and Bangladesh to stay even after expiry of their visas on humanitarian grounds.

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