Union ministers discuss eviction of Rohingya refugees fleeing to India
The meeting was attended by senior ministers of the BJP government including finance minister Arun Jaitley, minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj and road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari.india Updated: Sep 14, 2017 00:04 IST
Facing criticism by UN Human Rights Council over the issue of deportation of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmmar, the BJP government on Wednesday seemed to have taken a stronger stance over its plan of evicting 40,000 Rohingyas living across India.
The Centre’s plan to deport the refugees was discussed during a consultation meeting held at the Akbar road residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh .The meeting was attended by senior ministers of the BJP government including finance minister Arun Jaitley, minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj and road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari.
And even though officials of the ministry maintain that the meeting was a “routine meeting” sources in MHA told Hindustan Times that the issue of Rohingya refugees was discussed at length. Official sources also revealed that the government will maintain its stand on Rohingya’s that all people entering into India illegally will have to go through the legal norms.
“No one from the government has said illegal migrants will be thrown out of the country. All we are saying that the land of the law has to be followed and respected,” an MHA official said on the condition of anonymity.
Another source privy to the details of the meeting between senior BJP ministers said,”The meeting was basically to take views of the concerned ministries on multiple issues and topics ranging from law and order to infrastructure.Rohingya’s were also discussed and if anything concrete is decided upon it will be made public. As for now it was a routine informal meeting.”
Meanwhile the RSS too has shown concern over the influx of Rohingya refuges into the country. They have particularly flagged the issue if their settlement in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said India cannot be blamed for not wanting to throw its doors open to the Rohingya refugees. He said the country, despite the constraints of its own population and land size has already given shelter to many refugees.
Kumar who was speaking the launch of his books ‘Yaksh Prashno ke Uttar’ and ‘ Jammu and Kashmir Se Sakshatkar’, said it is imperative on the “Muslim countries to look after the Rohingyas”.
In a remark that can stoke a controversy, Kumar said Rohingyas are not the original inhabitants of India and it was time for “Muslim nations to take them in and give them rights”.
“They have been known to indulge in terror activities and India cannot afford to take them in,” Kumar said.
First Published: Sep 14, 2017 00:04 IST