Foreigners Tribunal
View of a Foreigners Tribunal office. (File image)

Assam government on Monday announced that foreigners’ tribunals will be set up in all 33 districts of the State.

The announcement came two days after the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published.

The state government also said that it will constitute 400 more foreigners’ tribunal by the end of the year.

Notably, around 19 lakh people were excluded from the list of final NRC.

Those whose names did not figure in the final NRC can appeal before a foreigners’ tribunal, which are the designated bodies to adjudicate on whether someone is an illegal immigrant or a genuine citizen.

Currently, there are 100 foreigners’ tribunals spread across 26 districts.

Among these 56 have been assigned as centres for submission of NRC appeals.

The union home ministry had earlier extended the time frame of filing appeals from 60 days to 120 days of the publication of the final NRC.

Kumar Sanjay Krishna, additional chief secretary, home and political department said that 200 new foreigners’ tribunals would come up in August.

He also said notifications have been sent to the deputy commissioners to send their requirements depending on the numbers of appeals they are expecting.

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