The court stated that heard Kiran Lihairi, Senior counsel appearing for the petitioners through virtual mode. Also heard D. Nath, Senior Government Advocate, Assam, appearing for the respondent State of Assam. Nath has produced before this Court written instructions dated 17.11.2022 received by him. The written instructions are taken on record and a copy of the same is handed over to A. Atreya Advocate on record.
The court observed, “we have been informed by Nath that the Matia Transit Camp in the district of Goalpara is almost ready with basic facilities such as water, electricity etc. However, medical facilities as well as the required security arrangements are yet to be made by the Government. We also put on record that the Bench had personally visited the Matia Transit Camp to verify the status of construction of the detention/transit camp at Matia.”
The court ordered that the the State Government is directed to make temporary arrangements for medical, para-medical and security staff etc. at the Matia detention/transit camp, as recruitment to the 117 posts, as stated in the written instructions, may further delay the actual functioning of the transit camp which is otherwise ready for habitation.
The Assam government has changed the nomenclature of detention centres to Transit camp for detention purposes.
Gauhati High Court had earlier pulled up the Assam government for using parts of six jail premises as detention centres for housing foreigners staying illegally and not creating a separate facility for the inmates.
Centre had sanctioned the first standalone detention camp which will house declared foreigners. The camp will come up in Goalpara district with an investment of Rs 46 Crore. This will be the first standalone detention camp with a capacity of 3500 persons.