Khangura launches online campaign for review of Union Entry Blacklist - 23/03/2010

Jassi Khangura, MLA for Qila Raipur today announced a webpage and online petition seeking review and reform of the NRI Entry Blacklist. Despite recent denials by the Ministry of External Affairs of the existence of this blacklist, Khangura said “the fact that NRIs are granted visas by India’s missions overseas, then turned away on arrival proves very much that this list is in place”. He went on to say that for most people the issue of India’s national security is paramount, and that the proper updating of this list and how it is compiled would only enhance that security.

Khangura said he wrote to the Prime Minister on 2nd March on this issue, and now requests NRIs and those with family overseas to visit the page and spread the word requesting the Prime Minister and Home Minister to review and reform the Union Entry Blacklist.

Khangura stressed “We need to ensure that the Diaspora are not victims of spurious claims against them, resulting in their being banned from entering India without due cause. We have every reason to believe that some land grabs have taken place after getting people’s names added to the list via fraudulent means. Clearly this is not an acceptable scenario and does nothing to improve India’s relations with the Diaspora.”

A petition has been started online at

and Khangura said he hopes people will add this to their Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. He said “I hope that we can get a genuinely constructive review of this matter, by demonstrating how important it is to people.”

One of the main features that Khangura asks for is a proper disclosure to those on the blacklist for the reason they are there. He said “its essential that anyone on the blacklist or forbidden entry to India having been granted a visa, can find out why. They also need the right of appeal for that decision to bar their entry. I strongly believe that a proper appeals process is the right path for this, and in line with that of other nations.”

To view the online petition visit

To get more information on how to spread the word regarding the Union Entry Blacklist visit

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