Earlier in the day, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted that Rohingyas will be given flat in Bakkarwala area of Delhi.
New Delhi: Hours after row over plan to provide EWS flats to Rohingyas in Delhi, Centre on Wednesday said that there is no any such plan on cards. The central government has directed the Delhi government to keep them in detention centre till their deportation takes place.
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in a series of tweets, denied any move to provide flats to Rohingyas living in the national Capital. The MHA tweeted, “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 further 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.”
“Illegal foreigners are to be kept in Detention Centre till their deportation as per law. The Government of Delhi has not declared the present location as a Detention Centre. They have been directed to do the same immediately,” the MHA further added.
Earlier in the day, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted that Rohingyas will be given flat in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. Puri, in a tweet, said, “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.”
He had further added, “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.”