200 e-emergency X visas for Afghans issued by November 24th: government informs parliament | Latest India News
The Union’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday informed parliament that 200 e-emergency X visas had been issued to Afghan nationals by November 24. This new category of visas was introduced for Afghan nationals after the Taliban took over the country in August.
The Special Category E-Emergency X-Miscellaneous Visa was a special electronic visa introduced by the government to expedite urgent applications to enter India. It is issued to foreigners who do not fall under the available visa categories but are required to visit India due to an emergency. The government examines the emergency application according to the prescribed rules and issues the emergency e-visa accordingly.
In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Union’s Interior Minister, Niryanand Rai, further replied that 4,557 Afghan nationals are currently in India after their visas have been extended.
“Given the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, the Indian government has issued an ‘e-emergency X-Misc visa’ for Afghan nationals for a period of six months,” said Rai when asked by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP.). ) MP Vandana Chavan.
Regarding the laws, policies and programs of the Government of India to ensure the safety and living standards of refugees in India, the Minister said, “All foreign nationals (including asylum seekers) are subject to the provisions of the Aliens Act, 1946, The Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939 , The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920, and The Citizenship Act, 1955 and the rules and regulations therein.
“The data of foreigners who enter secretly and clandestinely without valid travel documents and pretend to be refugees or asylum seekers are not centrally maintained,” Rai clarified.
After the withdrawal of American forces, Afghanistan came under the control of the Taliban. While the US armed forces had to leave Afghanistan by August 31, the insurgents captured the presidential palace in the capital Kabul a fortnight earlier.
The world was shocked by the lightning speed at which the Taliban captured provincial capitals such as Gardez, Sharana, Asadabad, Maymana, Mihtarlam, Nili, Mazar-i-Sharif and ultimately Kabul.
Thousands of Afghans fled the country after the Taliban marched into the country and sought asylum in nearby countries, including India.