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Home Ministry revokes Black List of Indian-origin people

Date: 09 May 2019 Tags: Ministries & Departments

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has revoked maintenance of any local adverse lists or commonly referred as ‘Black List’ of Indian-origin people. Henceforth, all those listed in blacklist will be given regular visa as well as Overseas Citizen of India (OIC) cards. This blacklist includes names of those who have taken asylum abroad under the plea of alleged persecution in India. It mostly comprised names of people belonging to the Sikh Community.

About Black List

It was maintained by Indian missions and posts abroad. It included names of those Indian-origin people who had taken asylum abroad under plea of alleged persecution in India are included in the list.  These Black listed persons were denied visa services by Indian missions and posts. The scrapping of this list with benefit such asylum seekers along with their family in terms of visa access and consular services at par with foreigners of the country in which they are living. They can now obtain OCI cards if they have held normal Indian visas for at least two years.

Permits to restricted areas

MHA also has delegated state governments and Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs) powers to grant permits to foreigners to visit protected and restricted areas in the country. With this, state governments and FRROs now can grant permits even for non-tourism purposes and even in areas not open for tourism purposes.

However, foreigners will be required to take special permission to visit some parts of Northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and few islands in Andamans which have been declared as protected and restricted areas.

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