NEW DELHI, June 11 - The Centre on Tuesday clarified that the May 2019 amendment only lays down the modalities for the foreigners tribunals to decide on appeals made by persons not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections filed against the NRC.
The Ministry of Home Affairs clarification said that since the NRC work is going on only in Assam, the order, issued on May 30, is applicable only to Assam as on date for all practical purposes.
The amendment order also provides for reference by district magistrate to the tribunal for its opinion as to whether the appellant is a “foreigner” or not within the meaning of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
Since the foreigners tribunals under this order have been established only in Assam and in no other state of the country, this amendment in effect is going to be relevant only to Assam at present, the official spokesman of the ministry said.
Sources said the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 was issued by the Central Government under Section 3 of the Foreigners Act, 1946. It is applicable to the whole country. Major amendments in the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 were undertaken in 2013. The last amendment was issued in May. All these orders are applicable to the whole country and are not specific to any state. Therefore, there is nothing new in this regard in the latest amendment of May 2019.