The Tribunals declared 86,489 foreigners since 1985.

Guwahati/ 5th September’2017 (Prag News Desk): The Assembly session on Monday was highlighted with questions on illegal border land acquisition and the viabilities of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) implementation. While answering to a question on the same by   , AGP legislator Ramendra Narayan Kalitaon, AGP legislator Phani Bhushan Choudhury replied that 96.08 per cent of the exercise had been completed and that the draft NRC would be published on December 31 this year. The claims and grievances will be settled after that.

Incidentallu, post the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985 till June 2017, a total of 86,489 persons have been declared as foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals. Of these, 29,663 have been pushed back and 71 deported to Bangladesh.

Another 41,033 have been absconding and 833 are being kept in detention camps. As of now, 1,87,985 cases are pending with the Foreigners Tribunals, with 1,25,155 ‘D’ voters in the State.

The Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, who was replying on behalf of the Chief Minister also added that 263-km Assam-Bangladesh land boundary, portions totalling 61.49 km were unfenced. Similarly, some stretches of the 48.11-km riverine border were also open.

As part of the Centre’s intervention for foolproof security along the riverine border, the 39th High Level Empowered Committee under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has approved an amount of Rs 86.83 crore for ‘Technological Solution for Border Domination’, the Assembly was told.

The Centre has so far released Rs 782.73 crore for NRC update works, of which Rs 740.18 crore has been spent, the minister said, adding, on the process for detection and deportation of illegal migrants (foreigners), a total of Rs 83,30,95,014 has been spent since 2012-13 till March 2017.

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