Home Ministry discontinues ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-Origin People.

Home Ministry discontinues ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-Origin People.

May 10, 2019.

It is one of the most important days in the history of the Sikh religion. The Sikh community was waiting for this for a long time. And now this became possible under the ministry of BJP government. Home Ministry has decided to discard the ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-origin people.

Officials said Tuesday that the list mostly is comprised of the names of people belonging to the Sikh Community, who have taken asylum abroad under the plea of alleged persecution in India.

Indian missions abroad maintained the list of people. All such people presently in the blacklist will be given regular visa as well as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards, as per Home Ministry officials.

The Home Ministry said that the Indian missions and posts abroad will no longer be required to maintain any such local lists, known as ‘Blacklists’.

Due to the discontinuation of ‘Black Lists’ of Indian-Origin People, all such Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and their families who are not in the main adverse list of the government will now be granted a visa and consular services at par with foreigners of that country.

The Home Ministry, in their another decision, also delegated the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs) to grant permits to foreigners to visit protected and restricted area in the country.

The FRROs along with the state governments will now to be able to grant permits people for travel who were in blacklist other than tourism in areas that were previously restricted areas.

Foreigners are still restricted to some areas like in North-Eastern states, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and a few islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands are currently under restricted and protected areas. Foreigners are still required to take special permissions to visit such places.

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