New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government has made it clear that not a single illegal Rohingya immigrant will be given the status of refugee and will instead be deported to Myanmar.
"When we get information on the number of Rohingyas, we will approach the Ministry of External Affairs and connect with Myanmar to deport them," Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the parliament on Tuesday.
State governments have been ordered to take steps for identification of all illegal migrants including Rohingyas, as well as capturing their biographic and biometric particulars. Moreover, the army has been deployed in sensitive areas to stop further infiltration, according to the home minister.
"The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Assam Rifles are deployed to stop further infiltration of the Rohingyas," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament during the Question Hour.
Border Security Force and Assam Rifles are deployed to stop further infiltration of #Rohingyas. Have issued advisory to states to monitor those who have already come and keep them at one place and not let them spread. States also have right to deport them: HM Rajnath Singh in LS— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2018
While Jammu and Kashmir have the largest Rohingya population, their presence is also noted in Hyderabad, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
"India has always been soft on those who have entered this country. Millions of refugees have been staying in this country. That does not mean anyone can walk into this nation and claim citizenship of this nation. We have created facilities for Rohingyas in Rakhine province (Myanmar)," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told parliament on Tuesday.
Nevertheless, some of the parliamentarians have requested that the government recognize the Rohingyas as "refugees."
External Affairs Ministry is conducting 'operation insaniyat' for Rohingyas in Bangladesh. There are 40,000 Rohingyas in India, will we show insaniyat for only those who are in Bangladesh?: Sugata Bose,TMC in Lok Sabha— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2018