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MHA allays fear on foreigner tag

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Aug 29 - With less than 48 hours to go for publication of the final National Register Citizens (NRC), the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday tweeted that non-inclusion of a person�s name does not amount to his/her being declared a foreigner.

�Do not believe rumours about NRC. Non-inclusion of a person�s name in NRC does not amount to his/her being declared a foreigner. Every individual left out from final NRC can appeal to the Foreigners Tribunal,� the MHA tweeted.

The Home Ministry tweet further said that time limit for filing appeals in foreigners tribunals (FTs) has also been increased from 60 days to 120 days. An increased number of FTs are being established at convenient locations, it added.

The government will provide legal aid to those needy people, who have been excluded from the NRC, through the district legal services authority, the MHA said.

An anxious Home Ministry earlier this month held a review meeting on the NRC and decided to raise the time limit for filing appeals in foreigners tribunals to 120 days from the existing 60 days. The Assam government during the meeting said that it will provide full opportunity and assistance to persons whose names have been wrongly excluded from the final NRC to move FTs.

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MHA allays fear on foreigner tag

NEW DELHI, Aug 29 - With less than 48 hours to go for publication of the final National Register Citizens (NRC), the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday tweeted that non-inclusion of a person�s name does not amount to his/her being declared a foreigner.

�Do not believe rumours about NRC. Non-inclusion of a person�s name in NRC does not amount to his/her being declared a foreigner. Every individual left out from final NRC can appeal to the Foreigners Tribunal,� the MHA tweeted.

The Home Ministry tweet further said that time limit for filing appeals in foreigners tribunals (FTs) has also been increased from 60 days to 120 days. An increased number of FTs are being established at convenient locations, it added.

The government will provide legal aid to those needy people, who have been excluded from the NRC, through the district legal services authority, the MHA said.

An anxious Home Ministry earlier this month held a review meeting on the NRC and decided to raise the time limit for filing appeals in foreigners tribunals to 120 days from the existing 60 days. The Assam government during the meeting said that it will provide full opportunity and assistance to persons whose names have been wrongly excluded from the final NRC to move FTs.