Related Topics: Internal Security, Operation Blue Star
The Centre has removed from its blacklist — or the Central Adverse List as it is officially known — names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals involved in anti-India activities.
What is the Central Adverse List?
- The Ministry of Home Affairs maintains a list of individuals who supported the Khalistan movement in 1980s and 90s but left India to take asylum in foreign countries.
- This list included the name of “hardliners” who were in favour of a separate Sikh state and had opposed the Operation Blue Star.
- The list has names of those individuals who are suspected to have links with terrorist outfits or have violated visa norms in their previous visit to India.
- The list also includes the names of those persons who have indulged in criminal activities or have been accused of sexual crimes against children in their respective countries.
- It has more than 35,000 names on it.
- Various intelligence agencies constantly review this list and add new names to it.
Purpose of the List
- This list is constantly used by all Indian Missions and Consulates to stop the individuals named in it from entering India.
- It is a step taken by the Indian government to maintain internal security.
- The list is also used to keep serious offenders outside India as somebody may commit a crime in his native nation and then apply for an Indian visa to escape prosecution.
What does the recent action mean?
- The 312 Sikhs whose names have been removed from the Central Adverse list can now visit India and meet their families here.
- Most of these Sikh nationals have remained outside country since the 1980s and have not visited their families since then.
- With this decision of the government, they will now get access to consular services as well as an Indian visa.
- This list had a multiplier effect in denying visas as the family members of the persons on this list were also denied visas to other countries.