Gorkhas in Assam not to be sent to Foreigners Tribunals: MHA
Gorkhas in Assam not to be sent to Foreigners Tribunals: MHANew Delhi, Oct 11 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/11/2018 10:54:03 AM IST
Union Home Ministry on Wednesday told the Assam government that members of Gorkha community living in the state can neither be sent to detention centres nor their cases on citizenship status be tried at various Foreigners Tribunals, The Indian Express reported.
Names of over 1 lakh of nearly 2.5 million Gorkha people residing in Assam had not found their names in the updated draft list of NRC published on June 30.
In its communication, the MHA said members of Gorkha community, who were Indian citizens at the time of commencement of the Constitution, or those who are Indian citizens by birth, or those who acquired Indian citizenship by registration or naturalization in accordance with the provisions of The Citizenship Act, 1955, were not “foreigners” and therefore, such cases could not be referred to Foreigners Tribunals.
“Any member of the Gorkha community, holding Nepalese nationality and who has arrived in India by land or air over the Nepal border even without a passport or visa and staying in India for any length of time, shall not be treated as an illegal migrant if he/she is in possession of any of the identity documents namely the Nepalese Passport, Nepalese Citizenship Certificate, voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of Nepal, limited validity photo-identity certificate issued by Nepalese Mission in India when deemed necessary and for children between age group of 10 and 18 years, photo identity issued by principal of a school, if accompanied by parents having valid travel documents as per the provisions of India-Nepal Treaty signed in 1950,” the statement said.