The Centre is reportedly considering a proposal to provide long-term ‘biometric work permits’ to all those declared as foreigners by the Foreigners’ tribunal (FT) in Assam.
It may be noted that there are 100 numbers of the FT functioning in Assam. Initially, 11 numbers of Illegal Migrant Determination Tribunals (IMDT) were functioning. After the repeal of the IMDT Act, the government of Assam has newly established 21 numbers of FTs in 2005. In the year 2009, another four numbers of the FTs had been established. In the year 2014, an additional 64 numbers of the FTs had been established for disposal of the pending in the FTs.
The proposal was under active consideration of the union home ministry, as per reports. The Ministry is discussing all the modalities and other pros and cons of the proposal, and it may be put up for public scrutiny soon, as per information available.
As per reports, the Centre was extremely worried at the “slow and lethargic process” of deporting foreigners.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his recent visit to Dhaka discussed security and influx-related issues with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan.
It may be mentioned that former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai had said that it is “practically” impossible to deport the infiltrators from Assam. He mentioned that work permit is the only solution for those whose names will be excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC). Pillai said that Dhaka has “outrightly” rejected Delhi’s offer to accept the “Citizens of their land” who are “illegally” staying in India.