GUWAHATI: With over one lakh cases pending, the Assam Government has sought further extension of the validity of 64 of the 100 Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) in the State.
In this regard, on behalf of the State Government, the Home and Political Department has written to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking the extension of validity of 64 FTs.
Before 2015, Assam had 36 Foreigners Tribunals. Sixty-four more were set up in 2015 by the State Government with approval from the MHA. These were given validity of two years. In 2017, the validity was extended for another two years, and again in 2019, the validity was extended for another two years that ended in May this year.
Assam now has a total of 100 FTs and there are over lakh cases pending. The main purpose of these Tribunals is to identify foreigners and Indian nationals.
All expenses of such FTs are borne by the State Government and the MHA reimburses the amount later.