Amid the leftist rage over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) across the country, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has made it clear that the next step of the Narendra Modi government deportation of Rohingya refugees not covered by the law. He said that the day the CAA was passed in Sansad, the law came into force in Jammu and Kashmir as well. He alleged that Rohingya refugees have migrated through many areas of West Bengal and settled in northern areas of Jammu.
Singh is the Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office; Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space.
The minister said that there is no confusion over the application of the law on illegal settlements of these Muslims. He said, “The next step of our government will be to deport Rohingya refugees.”
Singh said on the basis of interaction with officials, who came to participate in a three-day training programme in Jammu and Kashmir, that many areas of Jammu have a large number of Rohingya refugees. The matter is under consideration of the union government.
The authority is preparing a list of Rohingya refugees living in Jammu. Biometric identity cards will be given if needed, as the CAA does not provide any benefit to the Rohingya in any way.
The minister said, “Rohingya refugees are not among the six religious minorities (who can be given citizenship under the new law), nor are they related to any of the three (neighbouring) countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan).” He said that these refugees had come to India from Myanmar, “so they will have to return”.
According to government figures, more than 13,700 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi citizens have settled in Jammu and Samba districts. Between 2008 and 2016, their population has increased by more than 6,000.
On an ad hoc basis, India has been deporting Rohingyas as and when they are caught by law-enforcement agencies.