States can now constitute Foreigners Tribunals

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  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has amended the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964.
  • MHA has empowered district magistrates in all States and Union Territories to set up tribunals to decide whether a person staying illegally in India is a foreigner or not.
  • Earlier, the powers to constitute tribunals were vested only with the Centre.
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