All other measures taken after 1964 in this crisis were taken using the original agreement as a model. It was not possible to find specific information on the implementation of the 1964 Sirimavo-Shastri agreement, or on the eligibility, residence and documentation requirements among the sources consulted by the DIRB. The Sirima Shastri Pact, officially known as the Agreement of Persons of Indian Origin in Ceylon, is a bilateral agreement between the Republic of India and the Ceylon Dominion, which focused on the citizenship of Indian workers in Ceylon. „These figures clearly show the gap between the aspirations of those involved and the arbitrary decisions of the two governments. Fortunately, the Indian government has decided not to extend the two agreements beyond October 31, 1981,“ says Chandrasekaran, former secretary of the National Conference of Repatriates and secretary general of the Hill Country People`s Repatriates Repatriates. This agreement, now known as the Sirima Shastri Pact, provided a solid solution to the citizenship issue of Indian workers living in Ceylon. Today, after about six decades of signing the pact, we have the ability to judge whether the Prime Minister made the right decision at the time and whether the pact was the right solution to the problem. , 1794). However, the Far East and Australasia of 1996 called the 1964 agreement with India the Bandaranaike-Shastri Pact, which „laid the groundwork for a fair solution to the Indian problem of Sri Lanka“ (1996, 972). At the time of this agreement, Sirimavo Bandaranaike was Prime Minister of Ceylon (The New Encyclopaedia Britannica 1989a, 860) and Lal Bahadur Shastri was Prime Minister of India (ibid., 1989b, 705). Is a bilateral agreement that decides the citizenship of people of Indian origin who grant 525,000 Indian nationalities and 300,000 ceylanese citizenship. Decades ago, after the signing of the two agreements, the majority of Tamils applied for Sri Lankan citizenship.
Many have been repatriated to India. But today, more than 50 years later, their old fears have been revived. With the expiry of the 1964 agreement, India refused to consider other citizenship applications. The Sri Lankan government believes that the 1964 pact will remain in force until the citizenship and permanent residence of all Indian Tamils covered by the pact are resolved. The All-Party Conference decided that the government would grant Sri Lankan citizenship to stateless Indian Tamils who did not appli for Indian citizenship and did not obtain Sri Lankan citizenship under the 1964 agreement (ibid., 1779).