GUWAHATI, June 5 - No other state in the country is facing a grave situation because of infiltration of foreigners like Assam, observed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Addressing a meeting of the members of the Foreigners Tribunals here today, Sonowal said that the entire country is keeping a close watch on the functioning of the Foreigners Tribunals and the process of updating the National Register of Citizens and these works would become role models for all the states.
Sonowal said that the Tribunal members have got a golden opportunity to work for a national cause and they should not let go of such an opportunity. He said that the government would provide all necessary facilities to the Tribunals so that the process of detection of foreigners can be expedited. He said that along with the government, the people should also cooperate with the Tribunals to ensure their smooth functioning.
If anyone tries to pose hurdles in the functioning of the Tribunals, strong actions would be taken, warned the Chief Minister and said that no Indian citizen should be harassed during the process of detection of foreigners. He said that the process of detection of foreigners should be transparent.
The members of the Tribunals pointed out the problems of lack of adequate infrastructure and the lack of adequate facilities given to the workers of the Tribunals and Sonowal assured them that the government would soon deal with those problems.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia spoke about the importance given to the detection of foreigners and preparation of the NRC by the present government, while the Director General of Assam Police, Mukesh Sahay said that the police would provide all required help for the detection of foreigners.