Indians in Iran raise their concerns with PM


TEHRAN: Representatives of the Indian community in Iran today raised issues of property rights, work permits and recognition of marriages during their interaction with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who kick-started his much awaited visit here.

The Indian community representatives said that though Indians were the oldest expatriate community in Iran, unfortunately due to various reasons, the strength of the community has come down tremendously as the “new generation faces problems, face difficulties to work and many families have left for good”.

One of the main problems that were raised was the issue of property rights which is not given to the Indian community.

“One is always at grave risk of his/her investment, peace of mind and long term security if they are unable to register the property in their own name,” a petition given to the Prime Minister said.

The issue of resident permit status was also raised under which Indian nationals are issued permits only for one year and accordingly need to renew them every year.

Issuance or waiver of work permits, inheritance and estate duty, issuance of commercial card and registration of companies were also the issues raised in the petition.

On the issue of recognition of marriages, the petition said that Indian-origin Iranians are facing very serious problems as despite all certification and legalization, their marriage certificates are not recognized.

On his part Prime Minister Singh assured to look into the matter. He also announced a Rs 2 crore grant to the only Kendriya Vidyalaya here and a grant of Rs 20 lakh to an Indian school in Zahidan.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who was also present on the occasion said he will come back in November and follow up on the problems being faced by the Indian community. -PTI