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14,586 identified as foreigners in 10 years


GUWAHATI, July 13 � Between January 1, 2001 and June 31, 2010, 14,586 people have been identified as foreigners in the State. Of them, 199 have been deported till May 31, 2010.

This was the information supplied by the Assam Accord Implementation Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman in written reply to a question from Dr Alaka Sarma (AGP) in the State Assembly on Tuesday.

The Minister also told the House that the figures for the period between June 2010 and July 2010 are being collected. Of those identified as foreigners, 2,643 were identified under the provisions of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, while, 12,213 were identified under the Foreigners� Act. Those deported included 144 deported under the Foreigners� Act and 55 under the IMDT Act.

The Minister said that information in respect of deletion of names of persons deported between January 1, 2001 and July 1, 2010 from the Voters� list is being collected. The procedure followed in respect of deletion of names from the voters� list is that if an order is received from the tribunal through the Superintendent of Police not confirming the citizenship status of a person as an Indian or declaring a person as foreigner and if such person�s name is found in the electoral roll, electoral registration officers concerned of the legislative assembly constituencies issue notices to such persons and take steps for the deletion of the names from the electoral rolls.

In reply to another question by Gunindra Nath Das (AGP), the Minister said that the Central Government bears the necessary expenditures of the Foreigners� Tribunals. The Central Government granted an allocation of Rs 1.27 crore in 2008-09 for infrastructure development of the Foreigners� Tribunals. It has not sanctioned any allocation in 2009-10. Of the sanctioned amount, over Rs 95.74 lakh has been spent and the approval of the Centre has been sought for spending the rest of the amount.

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