FINAL NRC ON AUGUST 31
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Those excluded from the final National Register of Citizens to be published at end of August will get a window of 10 months to prove their citizenship.
- The excluded from the final NRC list would get a window of 10 months to prove their citizenship before being sent to detention centres.
- The publication could be the start of an unprecedented complication more of the humanitarian kind than of law and order.
- The tensions are rising as anxiety levels are mounting. This is because in the previously released NRC draft list on July 31 last year about 40.7 lakh names were excluded.
- The number was increased to over 41 lakh names after an ‘additional draft exclusion list’ that dropped another one lakh names was published on June, 2019.
- Outgoing Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia ensured that security on August 31 (the day when the final NRC list will be published) will be completed peacefully with awareness and sensitization drives preceding the exercise.
e-Foreigners Tribunal (FT):
- Foreigners’ tribunals, promised under the Assam Accord, are quasi-judicial bodies that exclusively adjudicate matters of citizenship.
- With the threat rising by the illegal migrants, the government has set-up e-Foreigners Tribunal (FT) that will have details of illegal migrants, their bio-metrics and legacy data, to be made available to various agencies.
- e-FT will be a digital platform that will connect all stakeholders including border police, foreigner’s tribunals, detention centres, state and central government regarding issues related to illegal immigrants, including up-to-date legacy data and bio-metrics of immigrants.
- After launch, it will focus on Assam and will be launched in other parts of the country.
- Need: Illegal infiltrators pose a major threat to our internal security which leads to social imbalance in many parts of the country, as well as putting a huge pressure on limited livelihood opportunities.
- NRC is being updated for the first time since 1951 to identify illegal migration into Assam. But recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) reported that, in the Karnataka state, 143 cases registered against illegal Bangladeshi nationals and 114 of them have been deported from the state.
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