Jammu: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government of India has already directed several State governments to identify Rohingya Muslims settled in various parts and send them back to Myanmar. Singh, who was in J&K for a two-day visit, said that the Centre has asked J&K and others states to confine Rohingya settlers to pre-identified locations within their respective jurisdictions for their likely repatriation. Singh was referring to the Government of India directions passed recently as per which the states have been told to record Rohingyas’ personal particulars, including biometric details, and not to issue them Aadhaar number or any other identity proof. The advisory seeking confinement and monitoring of Rohingyas follows up on a September 2017 advisory that had asked the states to detect Rohingyas and report them to the Centre for likely deportation. The United Nations considers the Rohingya one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. The Rohingya claim that they are indigenous to Rakhine, a place Myanmar, a country dominated by Buddhists. Many are descended from settlers who came in the 19th and early 20th century. Despite their roots, a 1982 law stripped the Rohingya of their citizenship. They are now considered illegal immigrants in Myanmar as well as in neighboring Bangladesh and India, where thousands of them have fled. Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh rolled out string of relief and employment initiatives for border residents.
Home minister Rajnath singh interacts with shelling-hit border dwellers in Jammu region.
Addressing border residents at series of interaction sessions in R S Pura, the Home Minister said that centre is committed to provide every possible relief to the people living along the border areas. “We are abreast with your problems, you are facing tremendous hardships,” the union Home Minister hailed border residents while acknowledging their problems as recurring. Assuring more welfare programmes, Home Minister said government knows there is much to be done to solve the problems of border residents. Rolling out the employment initiatives, the Home Minister announced 2 Border Battalions especially for exclusive recruitment of border area population.
Giving further details, he said the government has decided to keep 60% posts reserved for border youth in the proposed 5 IR battalions. He also announced about the government’s plan to raise 2 Mahila Battalions, one for Jammu and one for Kashmir to give due representation to females in the security forces.
Announcing relief for shelling victims, the Home Minister said that the centre has decided to pay Rs 5 lakh to the Next of the Kin (NoK) of those killed in the cross border firing. He further announced enhancement of compensation for loss of each milch animal in border shelling from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000.
He also announced that the fixed depositing of the ex-gratia will be done away and the Rs 5 lakh compensation will be deposited directly into the bank account of the beneficiaries.
The Home Minister also assured to expedite the work of construction of individual and community bunkers proposed in border areas.
He also announced 5 bullet proof ambulances for border areas.