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Sushma: Blacklist pruning on; passport office for SBS Nagar | SNE

By  The Tribune .
Apr 22, 2017

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today informed Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh that the Home Ministry was in the process of gradually pruning the government’s blacklist of Sikh youths named in it for alleged involvement in subversive and anti-India activities.

At a meeting with Capt Amarinder, who called on her to inquire about her health, she acceded to the request to open a passport office at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr) to facilitate NRIs and their families in the Doaba region. A Punjab Government spokesperson said the proposed passport office would be in addition to the recently sanctioned office at Patiala, which would be inaugurated shortly.

Capt Amarinder reportedly expressed concern over the delay in removing names of Sikh youths from the blacklist. As a result, they have been barred from visiting India.

Assuring to take up the issue with the Home Ministry, Swaraj said the government was in the process of pruning the list. The list relates to the days of militancy.

Capt Amarinder also urged Swaraj to take up the issue of racist attacks on Punjabis and Sikhs settled abroad at the international level. He also sought protection of victims in such cases. Swaraj responded by saying her ministry was cognisant of the matter and she was personally pursuing the matter to ensure safety of the Sikhs and Punjabis settled overseas.

The CM also broached the issue of setting up Punjab-Israel working groups to boost cooperation in areas of security, agriculture and trade. The possibility of floating such groups was earlier discussed between him and the Israeli ambassador in India today.

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