New Delhi : The non-inclusion of a person’s name in NRC does not by itself amount to him or her being declared as a foreigner, as decided in a high level review meeting of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) held in New Delhi today. The MHA will amend the rules to increase the present time limit of filing of appeals in FTs (Foreigners Tribunal) from 60 days to 120 days regarding exclusion from final NRC.
These decisions are taken in the meeting attended by Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, the Chief Minister of Assam, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary Assam and senior officers. They reviewed the issues related to final publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam supposed to be published on August 31, 2019.
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As it may not be possible for all those excluded from final NRC to file the appeal within the prescribed time, the time limit of filing appeals has been increased. In order to facilitate the persons excluded from NRC, adequate number of Foreigner Tribunals (FT) is being established at convenient locations. It has been decided that state government would also make arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy people amongst those excluded from NRC.