Shift Portuguese Consulate from Panaji to Delhi: Goa PWD Minister

Goans migrating to Portugal is “an insult” to India’s sovereignty, the Freedom Fighters Association of Goa said.

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Goa PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar, on Friday reiterated his demand for the shifting of the Portuguese consulate in Panaji to Delhi to “prevent Goans from opting for dual citizenship.”

Terming the migration of Goans to Portugal “an insult” to India’s sovereignty, the Freedom Fighters Association of the state demands that the Central government “shut down” the Portuguese consulate in the state, according to a report in The Indian Express.

They have even suggested severing diplomatic ties with Portugal if they don’t stop their “absurd” dual citizenship scheme to Goans, said the report.

Portugal is still trying to interfere in the internal affairs of Goa and India. We want punishment for Goans who opt for Portuguese citizenship. Dual citizenship is a threat to the state’s security.
Naguesh Karmali, Freedom Fighter and Poet

Goa was one of the oldest colonies of Portugal before its liberation by the Indian Army in 1961. All Goan natives were thereafter granted Indian citizenship via a notification.

Portugal has been extending citizenship to Goans under the aegis of the Portuguese citizenship law, when in fact they had signed a treaty with India in 1974 recognising India’s sovereignty over its former colonies.

The association claims that approximately 40,000 people have migrated from Goa to European nations after availing the Portuguese citizenship, which has led to a human resource drain in the union territory.

(With inputs from IANS.)

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