312 Sikh Foreign Nationals Removed From Blacklist, Only 2 Remain
Those removed from the list are now eligible to avail visa services to visit family in India.
The government has removed from its blacklist names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals involved in alleged anti-India activities, leaving only two persons on the list now, a Home Ministry official said on Friday, 13 September.
The decision has been taken after a review carried out by different security agencies on the Adverse List or blacklist containing the names of Sikh foreign nationals.
“The government of India has reviewed the Adverse List containing 314 foreign nationals belonging to Sikh community and brought it down to just two,” the official said.
Those removed from the list are now eligible to avail visa services to visit family in India and reconnect with their roots.
This review is a continuous and dynamic process and is a part of a regular exercise.
'Chance to Visit India, Reconnect to Their Roots’
“Such a review will afford an opportunity to such Sikh foreign nationals to visit India, meet their family members and reconnect to their roots,” the official said.
In the 1980’s, many Sikh Indian nationals and foreign nationals belonging to the Sikh community were reportedly involved in anti-national propaganda.
Some Sikh Indian nationals fled India to escape authorities, became foreign nationals and took asylum outside India.
They were placed in the blacklist till 2016, making them ineligible to avail visa services to visit India.
One major issue coming in the way of grant of consular/visa services to asylees and their family members, mostly belonging to the Sikh community, was maintenance of local adverse lists by Indian Missions abroad.
“This practise has also been discontinued,” said another official.
Consequently, all Indian Missions/Posts abroad have been advised to grant appropriate visa to all categories of asylees and derivative asylees (i.e. family members) whose names do not figure in the Central Adverse List, in line with the procedure followed for other categories of applicants of that nationality.
Secondly, all categories of asylees who become eligible for issuance of long-term Indian visa will also be eligible to apply for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder, after they have applied for and held normal visas for a period of two years, officials said.
In July, the government banned 'Sikhs for Justice' a pro-Khalistan group for its alleged anti-national activities, PTI reported.
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