Maneka Gandhi directs NRI marriages to be registered within 48 hours

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Maneka Gandhi directs NRI marriages to be registered within 48 hours
Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday said all marriages of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) solemnised in India have to be registered within 48 hours to prevent non-issuance of passport and visas. Addressing a press conference, Maneka said the WCD Ministry is in the process of issuing orders to the registrars that such marriages have to be registered within 48 hours else the passport and visas would not be issued. 'The registrars would send the details of such NRI marriages to the WCD Ministry so that a central database can be maintained,' she added. The WCD ministry had recently issued six lookout circulars in such cases, out of which passports have been revoked by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in five cases. Currently, few states such as Punjab mandatorily register NRI marriages. Highlighting the projects appraised under the Nirbhaya Fund, Maneka thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving utmost priority to women's safety and security, adding that projects worth more than Rs. 6,000 crores have been appraised under the Fund. Source : ANI