NEW DELHI, Dec 12 � In what indicated the controversial IM (DT) Act may have acted as an hurdle in detection and deportation of illegal migrants from Assam, the Centre has revealed that during the last 26 years, 22,890 were declared foreigners in the State out of which only 2,000-odd could be deported.
Between the years 1986 to 2012, Tribunals set up under the provisions of Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983 and Foreigners Act, 1946 have declared at least 22,890 persons as foreigners, who came to Assam on or after March 25, 1971, Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said in a Rajya Sabha reply to a question by Chandan Mitra.
Of this, 2,442 declared as foreigners were deported during the said period. As on December 10, 110 number of declared foreigners have been kept in detention centres for their repatriation to Bangladesh. Besides, 20,338 declared foreigners are to be deported to their place of origin. Many of them have filed cases in the respective courts in Assam challenging the orders of Tribunals declaring them as foreigners, the Minister said.
In order to speed up detection and deportation of foreign nationals and also disposal of cases pending in the Tribunals, Para 3 of Foreigners (Tribunal) Order, 1964 was amended in April 2012, which inter alia states that every case shall be disposed of within 60 days of the reference from the competent authority.