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Assam terminates employment of 200 more Foreigners’ Tribunal members

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Assam government made the decision on Friday to terminate the employment of 200 extra Foreigners’ Tribunal members who had been recruited to resolve claims of individuals who had been excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“The Governor of Assam is pleased to convey the approval for Forfeiture of services of the Members of additional 200 Appellate Foreigners Tribunals (who are currently attached to the existing Foreigners Tribunals) w.e.f. 23 September 2022 onwards,” stated a notification released by the Assam government’s Political department.

The new NRC list, which was issued on August 31, 2019, excluded more than 19.06 lakh persons. Those excluded were given the opportunity to apply to the Foreigners Tribunals to demonstrate their Indian citizenship.

In 2019, 200 more members were appointed by the government and assigned to the 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals that already exist in Assam.

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court gave the government two weeks to investigate a request for a directive to provide Aadhaar cards to almost 27 lakh people who were added to the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) supplemental list that was released in August 2019.

The issue was postponed till November 9 by a bench led by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit after Attorney General R Venkataramani requested more time to get guidance from the government.

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