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Assam NRC: Now, district magistrate may refer opinion to tribunals

Move comes after Union ministry of home affairs makes changes amending ‘The Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964; aimed to tackle situation after final NRC publication

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Guwahati: In a bid to tackle the situation after the announcement of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Union ministry of home affairs has made some changes amending 'The Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964'.

According to the Foreigners Tribunals Second Amendment Order, 2019, gazette notification published on September 2, a district magistrate may refer to the Tribunal for its opinion the question as to whether the person is a foreigner or not within the meaning of The Foreigners Act, 1946, in case no appeal is preferred.

“In case no appeal is preferred under paragraph (8) of the Schedule appended to the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, the District Magistrate may refer to the Tribunal for its opinion the question as to whether the person is a foreigner or not within the meaning of The Foreigners Act, 1946 (31 of 1946) in terms of sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 2,” the amended order said.

The order also said, “The final order of the Tribunal shall contain its opinion on the matter whether the appellant is eligible for inclusion in the NRC or not and it shall also contain the opinion of the Tribunal as to whether the appellant, if his appeal is rejected, is a foreigner or not within the meaning of the Foreigners Act, 1946.”