KATHMANDU, April 3: The Ministry of Home Affairs has ordered districts to issue a hereditary citizenship on the basis of the citizenship of a child’s parents.
The Home Ministry’s decision comes at a time when the proposal to amend the citizenship act is under discussion at the Federal Parliament.
At the parliament, lawmakers from both the ruling and the opposition parties are divided over some of the provisions of the proposed citizenship bill, such as citizenship through the mother and citizenship for spouses marrying Nepali nationals.
The Home Ministry cited the Supreme Court’s verdict to provide citizenship on the basis of a mother’s name and the Nepal Citizenship Act, 2006, Nepal Citizenship Rules, 2006 and the Citizenship Certificate Distribution Procedures Directives, 2006 to order all the districts across the country to issue citizenship on the basis of heredity.
The Ministry highlighted how many people were being deprived of their rights in lack of citizenship – thereby issuing an order for the same.