The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told his counterpart Brandon Lewis, the Immigration Minister, that New Delhi was worried about anti-India sentiments were being raised by ministers of the UK government.
India gave the latest example to prove its point. "In October 2017, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry of Labour Party said that Britain would incorporate human rights into any post-Brexit trade deal with India under Labour and her party is concerned about Kashmiri human rights," India said, according to a source.
"The minister strongly conveyed strong concerns and resentment of the Indian government on the divergence from the stated policy of the UK of non-interference in the issue of Kashmir," revealed a senior official who attended the meeting.
According to him, it was pointed out to the UK delegation that India has been observing that in many cases, contrary to the common understanding, the UK government has been actively encouraging and allowing its territory to be used for anti-India propaganda on the issue of Kashmir.
According to the Indian official, the UK delegation assured India that they would look into the concerns but also stressed that they have to be very careful while dealing with the issue of freedom of expression.
Currently, Indian employees working in the UK are required to contribute towards both the Indian and the UK social security schemes. Despite mandatory contributions in the UK, the employees, in most cases, are unable to get the UK social security benefits. If India and the UK enter into an SSA, Indian workers may be able claim exemption from social security contributions in the UK by obtaining a Certificate of Coverage (CoC) from the Indian Provident Fund office.
The Indian side also raised the issue of student dependent visas to assurances from UK authorities that these would be sorted out.
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