As many as 200 appellate Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) will be set up in Assam, in addition to the existing 100 FTs, where the people, whose names do not figure in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, can approach to challenge their exclusion.
A government press communique issued on September 26th, 2019 stated that the additional FTs will be set up for hearing of appeals of those persons excluded from the final NRC.
The districts and number of additional Appellate FTs are as follows: Baksa (6), Biswanath (5), Bongaigaon (5), Barpeta (7), Cachar (9), Charaideo (1), Chirang (2), Darrang (10), Dhemaji (3), Dhubri (8), Dibrugarh (3), Dima Hasao (1), Goalpara (8), Golaghat (5), Hailakandi (8), Hojai (11), Jorhat (7), Kamrup-Metro (15), Kamrup-Rural (8), Karimganj (8), Karbi Anglong (4) Kokrajhar (5), Lakhimpur (7), Majuli (1), Morigaon (8), Nagaon (15), Nalbari (2), Sivasagar (3), Sonitpur (8), South Salmara (2), Tinsukia (9), Udalguri (4) and West Karbi Anglong (2).
These tribunals will be up by the Assam government with the Centre’s assistance. The Centre has extended the time period for appeal in an FT from 60 days to 120 days from the publication of the final NRC list.
A total of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible for inclusion in the list while a total of 19,06,657 people were found ineligible including who did not submit claims in the last published updated NRC list on August 31st, 2019.
State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela had earlier mentioned in a statement that the process of collection of the orders passed by the NRC officers is being carried out to enable early availability of the certified copies of rejection from final NRC list to the public to file appeals.
Allaying fears, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs on September 12th, 2019 said that the 19 lakh people who were excluded from the NRC list will have adequate legal options to contest their exclusion.
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