Pakistani Hindu migrants to get banking, property rights in India

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NEW DELHI:

Hindu migrants from Pakistan may soon be allowed to open bank accounts and purchase residential properties in India, as part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s pre-election promise.

“We have a responsibility towards Hindus who are harassed and suffer in other countries, India is the only place for them,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said, during his pre-elections campaign.

Before BJP was sworn into power, it ran a strong campaign for Hindu rights across the country.

Hindu migrants on long-term visas in India will soon be able to open bank accounts on the basis of their visas and residential permits issued by the Foreigner Registration Office (FRO).

“The government is keen to extend these facilities to Hindu migrants from Pakistan because it considers these Pakistani nationals victims of persecution,” senior government officials familiar with this development told The Economic Times on condition of anonymity.

India’s central bank, Reserve Bank of India, had earlier allowed to extend banking and property purchase facilities to Hindus from Pakistan.