According to information available with the Ministry of External Affairs, a total of 8,81,254 Indian citizens renounced their citizenship in the last seven years to September 30, 2021, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
According to data presented in the Lower House, the vast majority of Indians resigned their Indian citizenship in 2019.
In 2015, a total of 1,31,489 Indians resigned their citizenship, rising to 1,41,603 in 2016. In 2017, there were 1,33,049 Indians who resigned their citizenship. In 2018, the figure was 1,34,561. In 2019, the figure increased to 1,44,017, but in 2020 it fell to 85,242. In 2021, there were 1,11,287 Indians who relinquished their citizenship until September 30.
In this context, Telangana Rashtriya Samiti leader Kotha Prabhakar Reddy asked a question in the Lok Sabha today.
He questioned, “if provisions had been created for applicants to post documents electronically, with a maximum renunciation period of 60 days.”
“Citizenship of India may be renounced under the provisions of Section 8 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, read with Rule 23 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009,” Rai responded. The online platform for renouncing Indian citizenship will be operational in August 2021. Renunciation applications are processed from start to finish through the online Citizenship Module.