Houses of Hindu families displaced from Pakistan were demolished in Rajasthan.
The temporary houses of Hindu families who came from Pakistan were destroyed. Bulldozers thundered on more than 50 kutcha houses of these families living in Amar Sagar, 4 km from the district headquarters in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. After the action, Collector Tina Dabi argued that these Hindu families were living in illegal houses. Due to this the water of the pond was not coming. A notice was also issued to these oustees two months ago.
But was this enough? The Government of India had passed a law in 1954 for the displaced. According to this law, special arrangements have to be made for the rehabilitation of the displaced people from Pakistan. However, Tina Dabi argued behind this that the government had not given any order in this regard. He has written a letter to the state headquarters for further orders, but till then what will happen to these families? Let us know about the rule which was made to give strength to the displaced.
What does the law say?
A law was passed in the Indian Parliament in 1954 for the displaced. It is called the Displaced Persons (Compensation and Rehabilitation) Act, according to which a displaced person means a person who has been displaced from his place of residence on or after the 1st day of March, 1947 and has resided in India on or after that day. It includes a person resident in any part of India who is unable or unable to manage or control his property situated in Pakistan for any reason whatsoever.
The custodian of such people is the central government and the concerned state government. However, the people whose houses were destroyed in Rajasthan do not come under the displaced category. According to the Citizenship Act 1955, people who came to India after that, it is necessary to have citizenship of India to take benefits here. Till the time they do not get citizenship, they will be treated as refugees.
refugee’s right to stay in the country
Refugees have the right to live in India, but there is no law to solve their problems that can protect their rights. Until they become citizens of India. For this, the government had prepared a proposal for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), but it could not be implemented till date.
It is written in Article-21 of the Indian Constitution that refugees cannot be taken out of the country. That is, they cannot be strengthened so that they go to their country. However, for this it is necessary that the concerned person has been tortured in his country of origin.
This is the rule for citizenship
According to the Citizenship Act 1955, displaced persons can apply for citizenship after living in India for seven years, for this the most important thing is Pakistani passport, which needs to be active. If it is not active then first the refugee has to activate it. A lot of time is spent in this work, so people avoid this process and stay in India for years without visa and passport.
Come to India on tourist or religious visa
Most of the Hindus from Pakistan come to India on religious or tourist visa and stay here, they also apply for citizenship, but due to one reason or the other they do not get citizenship. In such a situation, they get stuck in limbo, due to expiry of visa and passport, they are unable to return to Pakistan and due to non-availability of Indian citizenship, they are not able to get the rights of the facilities available here.