What is eFT to handle Bangladeshis?

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How is Assam gearing up to handle lakhs of foreigner’s case that is coming up after the publication of July 31 next?

This is the big question as the number is supposed to be in lakhs as nearly 40 lakhs names have been deducted in the draft final NRC.

The Answer is a vast and ambitious eFT or electronic Foreigner’s tribunal which is way ahead than the conventional judicial courts.

The Assam Government has set up eFT project and the IPS officer Annand Prakash Tiwari has been made in charge to bring a solution.

.Under the project, the foreigner’s tribunals (FTs) will be equipped with a digital eco-system for speedier resolution and tracking of foreigner cases. The integrated eFT IT system will be implemented across Assam for effective monitoring and efficient resolution of cases registered with FTs.

The biometric and biographic data of eFT and NRC Assam will be shared with all the stakeholders for validation purposes.

“This new IT system will not only strengthen the judiciary inefficient disposal of cases but also help the police in faster detection, prosecution and detention/deportation. It will also facilitate online MIS Dashboard facility for key stakeholders for online tracking, monitoring and periodical review of detection, prosecution and detention/deportation progress. This will bring the much-needed efficiency and enhance the transparency of case disposal process,” said an official source.

A statewide common digital repository – of all declared foreigners and the pending cases in FTs – will be created for easy data access, validation, audit and review of the illegal migrant issues.

The eFT system will capture the illegal migrants’ data to automate data flow and enable sharing among all the stakeholders, including FTs, Border Police, election department, detention centres, home department, FRRO, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs, etc.

The database will be  linked to UIDAI and Inter-operable Criminal Justice System (ICJS), which will help in validation of eligible beneficiaries for social benefit schemes and issuance of government-approved identity documents such as passport, driving license, bank account, PAN, LPG, Aaadhar, and voter ID, among others.

The source said the system would have the capacity to deal with the issue online with all the needful features like fingerprint, photographs, other data, etc., in a digital manner.

“Though it is a five-year project, most parts will be operational in six months. We have prepared the RFPs (request for proposals), which are being floated in a day or two. Few other technical things will, however, take some time,” he added.

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