Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today justified the stand taken by the Centre on the deportation of Rohingya refugees, saying the grounds given by the Centre in its affidavit to the Supreme Court on the issue were based on multiple considerations.
He said the stand was based on ‘’What are the security implications, what is India’s foreign policy on this, and what are our humanitarian considerations ?’’
The Finance Minister pointed out that India was also helping Bangladesh and had sent food grains and other humanitarian aid. ‘’After all, what is the impact on national security and what is the impact on the demographic balance’’ all these factors were considered while taking the action. It was a ‘’policy issue.’’,’’ Jaitley said. ‘’We have given a clear affidavit on this issue,’’ Jaitley said replying to questions at a media briefing here.
The Centre in its detailed affidavit submitted to the apex court on Monday had said the illegal influx of Rohingyas was posing a threat to national security. It said it had inputs from security agencies indicating linkages of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar outfits operating in other countries.