GUWAHATI: The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) is yet to respond to the State Government's plea for extension of the terms of the 200 Additional FTs (Foreigners Tribunals).
The terms of these 200 Additional FTs expired in September this year. Dispur did move the MHA seeking extension of the terms of the 200 FTs earlier in September this year. The MHA, however, is yet to respond to the plea from the State Government. It has necessitated the State Home and Political Department to move the MHA afresh, seeking an extension of the term of the 200 Additional FTs.
The Home and Political Department also stated why the State needs the term extension of the 200 Additional FTs.
The regular 100 FTs have over one lakh cases pending in them. That made Dispur get the services Additional FT member to dispose of the pending cases. Thus, 300 FTs (100 regular and 200 Additional) are disposing of the pending cases now.
The MHA had formed the 200 Additional FTs for disposing of the cases of NRC (National Register of Citizens) ineligible applicants after the publication of the final NRC on August 31, 2019. Each of the Additional FTs had a term of two years.
However, since the NRC authority is yet to give rejection slips to NRC ineligible applicants, Dispur is getting the services of the members of the 200 Additional FTs to dispose of the over one lakh pending cases.
An NRC rejection slip states reasons why an NRC applicant is ineligible for enrollment in the final NRC.