Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Citizenship distribution begins

The teams dispatched by the Home Ministry have started distributing citizenship to people from Monday.

The Ministry had dispatched 520 teams with 3640 staffs. The team will reach all the Village Development Committees (VDCs) and municipalities to distribute citizenship certificate. In mountain region, the campaign will be held later due to harsh cold climate these days.

The government had earlier decided to dispatch such teams to distribute citizenship as per the new Citizenship Act passed by the parliament. The government aims to distribute citizenship particularly to millions of people of Terai region.

The decision to distribute the citizenship was made after politicians and people from Terai complained that they were being denied citizenship.

On the other hand, a section of politicians, MPs and civil society members have criticised the new Citizenship Act claiming that its provisions are very controversial and could lead to distribution of citizenship even to foreigners.

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