Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that Indian citizens do not have to prove any ancestry by presenting documents like identity cards, birth certificates etc. of parents/grandparents dating back to pre-1971 situation.
Illiterate citizens, who may not have any documents, authorities may allow them to produce witnesses or local proofs supported by members of community. A well laid out procedure will be followed.
Citizenship of India may be proved by giving any document relating to date of birth or place of birth or both. Such a list is likely to include a lot of common documents to ensure that no Indian citizen is unduly harassed or put to inconvenience.