Hours after Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri said on Wednesday that all Rohingya refugees would be relocated to EWS apartments in Bakkarwala, Delhi, the office of Union Home Minister Amit Shah released a statement refuting the claim.
Shah’s office said in a tweet, “With respect to news reports in certain sections of media regarding Rohingya illegal foreigners, it is clarified that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not given any directions to provide EWS flats to Rohingya illegal migrants at Bakkarwala in New Delhi,”
It was made clear that the administration was indeed attempting to deport them. the tweet said, “Govt of Delhi proposed to shift the Rohingyas to a new location. MHA has directed the GNCTD to ensure that the Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location as MHA has already taken up the matter of their deportation with the concerned country through MEA,”
Puri had already announced that Rohingya refugees would be relocated to EWS flats and given police protection earlier on Wednesday morning. Tagging Narendra Modi, he tweeted, “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 Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock @DelhiPolice protection,”
Puri even mocked government critics in a subsequent tweet after posting the news report footage about the probability that the government will provide accommodation for Rohingyas.
“Those who made a career out of spreading canards on India’s refugee policy deliberately linking it to #CAA will be disappointed. India respects & follows @UN Refugee Convention 1951 & provides refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or creed,” he said. In this tweet, Puri tagged the Union ministry of information and broadcasting and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
Puri’s announcement comes in a clear deviation from the stance of the central government, which seeks to deport the Rohingyas.
However, the clarification from Amit Shah’s office came seven hours later, at 2.50 p.m.
Source: Indian Express