GUWAHATI: At least 1,600 candidates, who cleared the written and practical tests in August last year for various posts at Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) in Assam, have been continuing to stare at an uncertain future. Almost a year later too, they were yet to give appointments by the state government.
All of them were recruited earlier to expedite the claims and objections procedures at the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) after it was expected that almost 19 lakh people who were left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to move the FTs.
On August 31 last year, the final list of the updated NRC was published in Assam leaving out over 19 lakh people. Out of 3.3 crore applicants, a total of 3, 11,21,004 persons were found eligible for inclusion in the final NRC.
Mriganka Garg, one of the selected candidates said, “The selection results were declared on September 19 last year and it’s been 10 months that we are jobless. Most of us had left our previous jobs to join the state government’s service, but due to the negligence of the state government, all of us are suffering for around a year now.”
Angry with the state government’s lackadaisical attitude, hundreds of candidates recently staged a protest dharna in front of the Assam Secretariat too.
On Monday, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) criticized the state government for not addressing the plight of the selected candidates.
AASU chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya too took it to Twitter and wrote: “Govt’s failure in #ForeignersTribunalAppointment of 1600 selected candidates is shameful. Candidates are worried. Also shows @mygovassam’s insincerity in working towards detection & deportation of illegal foreigners. Demand for their immediate appointment.”
Earlier, the state government had delayed the appointments saying that the construction and infrastructure of the new tribunals were yet to be completed. Around 221 members of the tribunals were appointed in September for the additional tribunals. They started to get their salaries only after the high court intervened.
State finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, has maintained that unless the apex court approves the published NRC, who would go the tribunals to appeal?
The government had identified 79 locations for the setting up of the 200 new tribunals.