February 22, 2024, Thursday
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Around 11 thousand people took citizenship as per the new law

The Nepal Weekly
July 11, 2023

In total 10,911 citizenship certificates have so far been distributed across the country as per the new Citizenship Act. After the Supreme Court cleared the way for the implementation of the Citizenship Bill certified by the President on June 22, citizenship distribution started across the country according to the new law. According to the new law, the distribution of Nepali citizenship was started especially to the children of Nepali citizens by birth and children born to Nepali mothers whose fathers have not been revealed.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, under the new law, most of the new citizenships have been distributed in Madhes Province districts. As per the new law, citizenship has been distributed from 29 districts across the country and most of them are Terai-Madhes districts.

Out of the 29 districts where citizenship was distributed, the highest number of people acquiring citizenships are from Morang. During this period, 1,884 people have taken citizenship from Morang alone

After Morang, most citizenships were distributed in Bardia. According to the data, citizenship has been distributed to 1,567 people in Bardia. Similarly, during this period, 1074 from Sarlahi, 966 from Rupandehi, 525 from Jhapa, 427 from Sunsari, 606 from Siraha, 576 from Dhanusha, 673 from Mahottari, 236 from Rautahat, 165 from Bara, 650 650 Parsa, 129 from Chitwan and 543 from Nawalparasi (West) Citizenship has been distributed. 10 from kaski, 73from Udayapur, 5 from Tanahu,4 from Syangja, ,2 fro Nuwakot, 11 from Ilam,13 from Makwanpur, 19 from Sindhuli, 15 from Kailali, 21 from Dang, 1-1 from Kavre, Bhaktapur Dhankuta, and Sindhupalchok Citizenship has been distributed. 

On May 31, President Ramchandra Paudel certified the Citizenship Bill. The distribution of citizenship started immediately after the bill was published in the gazette. However, after the writ was filed in the Supreme Court, the court initially gave a short-term interim order not to implement it. However, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the implementation of the new law on June 22, the distribution of citizenships started to accelerate.