District Administration Office of Rupandehi – Republica
BHAIRHAWA, July 31: Eighteen Nepalis in Rupandehi district renounced their citizenship in the last fiscal year 2018/19. According to the acting CDO of Rupandehi, Bharat Kumar Sharma, they gave up Nepali citizenship in order to acquire the citizenship of other countries.
"They have given up their Nepali citizenship to get the citizenship of other countries. Since the process of getting citizenship in other nations does not move forward without renouncing the old citizenship, they took this move," he said.
He further stated that the applicants renouncing their Nepali citizenship include those who had been awarded the diversity visa (DV) or permanent residency (PR) of other countries where they have been living for long. "Many of those were also in marital relationships with foreigners," Sharma explained.
Similarly, he informed Republica that the Nepali citizenship certificates of six people were cancelled in the last fiscal year as it was revealed that they had submitted false documents to acquire the citizenship. "They were found to have presented false documents to claim the citizenship," stated Sharma.
According to the records maintained by the District Administration Office, a total of 26,481 people received the Nepali Citizenship from Rupandehi in the last fiscal year. The administration office provides citizenship from the stations in the district.
Maximum people received citizenship from the administration office of Rupandehi. Others claimed citizenship from the Area Administration Office in Butuwal and Area Administration Office in Majhgaun.
Although citizenship through mother has been guaranteed in the constitution, the applicants commonly face problems while claiming this kind of citizenship. Since it is not very common, the cases of citizenship through mother still make headlines. Sharma stated that it is the duty of the administration office to protect the rights of any individual.
The administration office stated that it has not kept a separate data on how many people claimed citizenship through their mothers and how many got it through their fathers in the last fiscal year.
"Although the constitution has guaranteed it, there are some conditions that need to be met while issuing citizenship through mother. If those conditions are met, citizenship through mother should be given without any hassle," said Sharma.