Detention centre data is maintained by concerned states: MHA in RS
While speaking in the Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed that the data of the total number of detention centres are being maintained by the various state governments. The MHA also informed that power has been delegated to the state governments to make the required arrangements to run for these centres or camps.
Replying to a question in the Upper House on Wednesday, the MHA said 100 Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) are currently operating in Assam, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said.
The Minister added that the total number of cases pending in these FTs as of December 31, 2021, is 1,23,829 while the total number of people declared as foreigners are 1,43,466. The total number of people declared as Indians are 1,21,598 whereas 329 persons have been deported to their countries of origin so far, he said.
The MHA informed that the FTs are quasi-judicial bodies in Assam and according to the state’s Home Department, initially 11 Illegal Migrant Determination Tribunals (IMDT) were set up which were later converted to tribunals after the Supreme Court scrapped the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983, in 2005.
The Ministry said that the MHA has allocated Rs.69 crore till now for the functioning of FTs in the financial years 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22.
The final draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on July 30, 2018, to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who had illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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