The homeland department of the UK is putting pressure on the Home Ministry to honour its commitment, but the ministry is stuck as the Foreign Ministry has some reservations about a key provision in the pact that gave Indian agencies about 15 days to verify the antecedents of an undocumented migrant.
"National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also had flagged some concerns about this and that is why it is stuck," a senior bureaucrat told NDTV.
According to him, the government decided to take a relook at the agreement as the National Security Advisor's office brought to the notice of the Home Ministry that the 15-day limit was not enough for security officials.
Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju had signed a draft agreement on the issue of illegal immigrants in London on January 10 while the formal MoU was supposed to be inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK in April. However, New Delhi has delayed the signing of the final agreement. The issue has also led to be one of the contentious issues between two countries.