The Assam government issued an order on September 4 instructing the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs), which adjudicate citizenship in the state, to keep to providing a “opinion” on a person’s nationality, as required by the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964.
The Registrar General of India has yet to declare Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) as a legal document, according to the Registrar General of India.
According to a media source, Sishir Dey, a member of FT-II in Karimganj, remarked, “…there is no doubt that this NRC Assam released in 2019 is nothing but Final NRC,” while hearing a case against one Bikram Singha of Jamirala village, whose name appeared on the NRC list.
Foreigners’ Tribunals, established in 1964 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, are quasi-judicial entities that decide citizenship issues in Assam.
For the 19 lakh people whose names were removed off the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the final list of which was issued on August 31, 2019, FTs are the last resort.
The FTs have been adjudicating cases of “doubtful voters” and other references made by the Border Police in Assam, in addition to cases of those who were dropped from the NRC list.