September 2017 News
Centre Will Act Tough Against Illegal Immigrants: Rajnath12 September 2017
Jammu: Asserting that 'security threat from Rohingyas' cannot be ruled out, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the government of India would show no leniency towards illegal immigrants and act tough against them. Addressing a press conference here on the last day of his four-day visit to the state, he said: 'Be it displaced persons or migrants, whether from India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan or Pakistan, our sympathies are with them and our approach will be sympathetic towards them, but as far as illegal immigrants are concerned, some action has to be taken against them.' 'We will act tough against them and our stand will also be tough,' Singh said. Replying to a query whether Rohingyas are a security threat and whether they would be deported, Singh said: 'Yes, the security threat cannot be ruled out and that is why I said that some action has to be taken against the illegal immigrants.' The Home Minister reiterated that the government of India won't hurt the sentiments of people on the issue of Article 35-A. 'The matter is sub-judice and it will not be appropriate to comment at this stage but I can assure that we will respect the sentiments of the people of all the three regions of the state over Article 35-A.' Singh said that the government of India is trying its best to develop all the three regions of J&K. He said the Centre has decided to give 3,000 jobs to migrants from Kashmir and Rs 1,080 crore have been sanctioned to the state for the purpose. The government is trying to regain the faith of people of Kashmir, Singh said and sought support of all political parties and stakeholders to resolve the problems of the state. He said the security situation in Kashmir is better 'to an extent' than the previous year but he could not say that it 'has totally become peaceful'. He said the government is making efforts to improve the situation in Kashmir. 'We are trying to regain the faith of people (of Kashmir),' he added while talking to reporters here. 'I want cooperation and support of all, including all political parties and all stakeholders of the society to resolve the problems of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,' the Home Minister said. He did not agree with a view that the militant ranks in Kashmir have swelled and said 'terrorists are being strongly dealt with by the security forces bravely.' Singh was asked a question regarding his remark yesterday that the Centre will not do anything 'against the sentiments' of the people of J&K, in the context of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution under which residents of the state have certain special privileges and rights. In his reply, he said, 'First of all, I want to clarify. Please do not distort my statement. I said Jammu and Kashmir including Ladakh- the entire state. I talked about the sentiment of the people of the region (J&K).' Pressed further, he said, 'as far as Article 35A is concerned, whatever I had to say, I have said that (yesterday). The matter is sub-judice and I have nothing more to say.' Asked whether the central government will abide by the decision of Supreme Court on Article 35A, Singh evaded a direct reply, saying, 'whatever I had to say was stated by me yesterday. I don't think there is a need to elaborate.' Queried whether the government will file a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court on the challenge posed to it, Singh said, 'the matter is in the SC. I don't know what will happen in the future. At this point of time, I cannot say beyond this.' Singh batted strongly for equal development in all the three regions of the state-Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. 'We want that there should be no discrimination with any part of the state. All the three regions should have proper and comprehensive development. This is the ideology of our government,' he said. 'Keeping in view this aspect, Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) had announced a development package for J&K under which 63 projects are being implemented in the three regions of the state,' he said. Under the package, 6000 transit accommodations are coming up for which Rs 920 crore have been sanctioned, he said. 'Rs 2000 crore have been sanctioned for the compensation to the displaced people of Pakistan-occupied (administered) Jammu and Kashmir,' the home minister said. 'To prevent this scheme from falling prey to corruption, we have linked it with Aadhaar for direct benefit transfer to the accounts of the displaced families,' he added.