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Govt resolves issue of dual citizenship

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday announced that the government has resolved the issue of dual citizenship, which would facilitate Indians settled abroad to make their contributions in the progress of the country.

"There were problems in resolving the issue. But now the issue has been resolved and I am hopeful that Indians settled abroad would find it suitable," he said after receiving the report of the high level committee on Indian diaspora, headed by noted jurist L M Singhvi.

He said, "We are in favour of dual citizenship, but not dual loyalty.''

Vajpayee said that Indians settled abroad should also have loyalty to the countries where they had settled and would fulfil their responsibilities as citizens of those countries.

Singhvi said the committee had identified the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, a large part of Europe and Singapore for implementation of dual citizenship.

He said the committee recommended dual citizenship within the framework of the Citizenship Act and it did not involve any amendment in the Constitution.

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