Cheni, March 24: The central government will consider Tamil du’s request to grant Indian citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the state, central minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday. The minister of state for home visited a refugee camp near Cheni and told the media that the central and state governments were taking several measures to promote the welfare of refugees. Rijiju said the central government would consider the recommendation of the Tamil du government on granting Indian citizenship to the refugees. A section of the refugees are linked to the now vanquished Tamil Tigers. An estimated 100,000 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees now live in desigted camps in Tamil du, which has played host to hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils since ethnic conflict erupted there in 1983. Tamil du is separated from Sri Lanka by a rrow strip of sea. (IANS)
Indian citizenship for Sri Lankan refugees?