Rohingya Refugees Get Flats in Delhi

Picture credit: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri ( Twitter account of the minister)

Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, has said that Rohingya refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in the Bakkarwala area of Delhi.

He said that refugees would be provided basic amenities, UNHRC ID cards and round-the-clock security by the Delhi police, terming the Union Government’s decision a landmark.

He took to Twitter to announce it and wrote, ” 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 @DelhiPolice protection.”

Over 1,100 Rohingyas would move these flats, which were used by the Delhi government to isolate COVID suspect patients during the pandemic. The social welfare department of the NCD has been instructed to provide basic facilities to them, local sources said.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held in Delhi in the last week of July, the Chief Secretary of Delhi, senior officials of the Delhi government, Delhi Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs attended it.

The refugees were living in tents and the government was spending Rs 7 lakh per month on the rents, the Delhi government was bearing this cost.

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