Hardeep Puri’s tweet ‘Rohingya refugees to be shifted to EWS flats in Delhi’ has MHA clarify

Delhi: Hours after a tweet of Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, “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 Delhi Police protection,” Ministry of Home Affairs have issued clarification.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) at 3:16 PM, August 17, 2022 issued a clarification saying, “With respect to news reports in certain sections of the 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.  Government of Delhi proposed to shift the Rohingyas to a new location. MHA has directed the Government of Delhi to ensure that the Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location at Kanchan Kunj, Madanpur Khadar as MHA has already taken up the matter of deportation of illegal foreigners with the concerned country through the Ministry of External Affairs. Illegal foreigners are to be kept in the 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.”

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According to ANI report on Wednesday, around 1,100 Rohingyas staying in tents will soon be shifted into flats equipped with basic facilities and round the clock security.

The decision, ANI also added was taken after a high level meeting over the accommodation of Rohingya in the national capital was held, chaired by chief secretary of Delhi attended by senior officials of Delhi government, Delhi police and Ministry of Home Affairs.

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