While the Rohingya refugee crisis continues to make headlines across the globe, India today loaded about 700 tonnes of relief material on the INS Gharial to be dispatched to Chittagong in Bangladesh.
The relief materials were loaded at the Kakinada Deep Port on Saturday evening.
The Narendra Modi governement is providing this assistance to Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds.
Relief materials contain customised family packets, which consist of essential items – including rations, clothes and mosquito nets.
They are likely to be distributed to up to 62,000 families.
The development comes amid India’s decision to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees which has drawn strong criticism.
The home ministry later filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in response to petitions that challenged the decision.
It said several fundamental rights of citizens would be affected if Rohingyas – which it called illegal migrants – were allowed to settle wherever they liked in Indian.
“Every country will decide its course of action based on its own foreign, security policy and balance of population,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said.
22 Jan 2019
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