Controversy continues over the shifting of Rohingya refugees to the EWS flat in Bakkarwala, Delhi. Now the Ministry of Home Affairs has given clarification on this matter.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a tweet that in view of the news going on in many places in the media about Rohingya, it is clarified that the Ministry of Home Affairs has not given any direction to give EWS flats to Rohingyas in Bakkarwala, New Delhi.
“India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge in the country. In a landmark decision, all Rohingya Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in the Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock Delhi Police protection,” the minister said.
At the same time, in another tweet, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Delhi government has proposed to shift the Rohingya people to a new place. The Ministry of Home Affairs has directed the Delhi Government that illegal Rohingya migrants will remain in their place. The Home Ministry has already taken up the matter of sending them back with the country concerned through the Ministry of External Affairs.
Apart from this, the Ministry of Home Affairs also said that the illegal migrants will be kept in the detention centre until they are sent back, while the Delhi government has not declared where the Rohingya live. The Delhi government has been instructed to do so.
Actually, the controversy started with the tweet of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. He tweeted that India has always welcomed those who have sought asylum in India. In a historic decision, all Rohingya refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in the Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided with basic facilities, UNHCR ID and round-the-clock police protection.
After this tweet, some BJP leaders started opposing it. BJP leader Kapil Mishra tweeted and appealed to give flats to Kashmiri Pandits and Hindu Sikhs from Afghanistan before Rohingya.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) surrounded Hardeep Singh Puri in the case of Rohingya. VHP had criticized Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri by issuing a statement.
VHP working president Alok Kumar had said in his statement that he was shocked about Hardeep Singh Puri’s statement. He referred to the statement made by Amit Shah in Parliament on December 10, 2020 and said that the Home Minister had announced that Rohingya will never be accepted in India.
Alok Kumar had said that Rohingyas are not refugees but infiltrators and this has also been the stand of the Central Government and the Center had said the same thing in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court. Vishwa Hindu Parishad demanded from the central government that it should reconsider its decision and instead of giving shelter to the Rohingyas, they should be sent back from India.
According to an ANI report, a total of 250 flats belonging to the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) where all 1,100 Rohingyas will be accommodated. As of now, they are residing in the Madanpur Khadar camp.
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