Goa Government has not established Foreigner Regional Registration Office in Goa despite the fact that Foreigners Registration Office which is under Goa Government and which is located at the police headquarters, has been delegated the powers of Foreigners Regional Registration Office of the Union Home Ministry, in the month of May,2012.
In a statement issued today, Shantaram Naik M.P. has said that, unfortunately, the stand of Goa Police is that they do not have separate space and required staff to handle the powers of FRRO.
Issuing of Persons of Indian Origin Card is one of the most important functions of the FRRO and Goans residing in the State and who are interested to apply for PIO Card had to go to Delhi for getting PIO Card, said Mr Naik.
But since Goa Government has taken a stand that unless they are provided with requisite facilities , they are not willing to take this additional burden , the predicament of those, who have applied for PIO Card or of those who propose take this facility is that , Union Home Ministry is not now dealing with the applications from Goa as the powers have been delegated to FRO, and, Goa FRRO, although empowered to do the function , are not willing to do the job as they do not have infrastructure.
This is like being ,”Na ghar ka na ghat ka” (neither here nor there)
Explaining the status of PIO, Naik says, person of Indian Origin” means a foreign Citizen (Not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries as may be specified by the Central Government from time to time) if,
(i) he/she at any time held an Indian Passport; or
(ii) he/she or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of he aforesaid countries [as referred to in (2)(b)] above; or
(iii) he/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (1) or (ii) above.
Naik citing the benefit available to PIO Card Holder says, that(i) A PIO Card holder shall not require a separate visa to visit India.(ii) A PIO Card holder will be exempted from the requirement of registration if his stay on any single visit in India does not exceed 180 days.(iii) In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer/Foreigners Registration Officer.(iv) All PIOs including PIO Card holders, shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities available to the latter in the economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights. (v) A PIO Card does not entitle the cardholder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work; he/she would require special permission before they could undertake such work.
Naik proposes to approach Union Home Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde , Union Minister for Home Affairs in this regard.