MHA has clarified that no Indian citizen will be unduly harassed or put to inconvenience by asking to prove citizenship. (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Among the uncertainity and misinformation among certain sections over the amendment Citizenship Act and nationwide NRC, Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that no Indian citizen will be unduly harassed or put to inconvenience by asking to prove citizenship.
In series of tweets, Ministry of Home Affairs Spokesperson clarified some misconceptions over the issue. One tweet said, "Citizenship of India may be proved by giving any document relating to date of birth or place of birth or both. Such a list is likely to include a lot of common documents to ensure that no Indian citizen is unduly harassed or put to inconvenience."
"Indian citizens do not have to prove any ancestry by presenting documents like identity cards, birth certificates etc of parents/grand parents dating back to pre-1971 situation."
"Illiterate citizens, who may not have any documents, authorities may allow them to produce witnesses or local proofs supported by members of community. A well laid out procedure will be followed," it added.