Centre to double time limit to appeal NRC ouster to 120 days

  1. The Central Government has proposed to double the time limit available for filing an appeal against non-inclusion of persons in the National Register of Citizens(NRC) in Assam
  2. At present,the time limit for filing of appeal in foreigners tribunals(FTs) is 60 days.This will be amended to increase the time limit to 120 days.
  3. Under the provisions of the Foreigners Act,1946 and Foreigners (Tribunals) Order,1964 only Foreigners Tribunals are empowered to declare a person as a foreigner.
  4. Thus,non-inclusion of a person’s name in NRC does not by itself amount to him/her being declared as a foreigner.
  5. The National Register of Citizens(NRC) is a register which contains the name of all citizens of India residing in Assam.It was prepared in 1951.
  6. Currently,the NRC is being updated in Assam.It seeks to identify illegal migrants in Assam who had entered the state on or after 25th March 1971.The update is being carried out under the Citizenship Act,1955, and according to rules framed in the Assam Accord,1985.