Seemajan Kalyan Samiti has been organising camps and helping Pakistani Hindus apply for citizenship on the CAA portal

The Jodhpur unit of the Seemajan Kalyan Samiti organises an aid camp to solve citizenship issues of migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh | Photo Credit: Facebook/Seemajan Kalyan Samiti Rajasthan


For the past one week, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated group has been organising camps and issuing “eligibility certificates” to members of the Hindu community from Pakistan to help them apply for citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA).

The group, Seemajan Kalyan Samiti, which operates in the areas along the Pakistan border, has helped around 330 people from Jaisalmer, Barmer and Jodhpur in Rajasthan upload their documents on the citizenship portal –– launched by the Home Ministry.

The CAA grants citizenship to members of six “persecuted” non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The certificate, a mandatory document to be issued by a “locally reputed community institution”, is to be enclosed with an affidavit and uploaded on the CAA portal along with other documents.

Vikram Singh Rajpurohit, an advocate and a member of the group, told The Hindu that since the Samiti is a registered organisation, it could issue the certificate. “One of our mantris [office-bearers], Tribhuvan Singh Rathore, is signing the eligibility certificates, we are a community-based organisation,” said Mr. Rajpurohit.

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