Home Minister Amit Shah, on Wednesday, said the government would identify illegal immigrants and infiltrators living on every inch of the country and deport them.
Speaking during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Shah, who is also Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, said, “We will identify all the illegal immigrants and infiltrators living in every inch of this country and deport them as per the international law.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government has often come under fire over its stand on immigrants.
Earlier this month, TMC MP Mahua Moitra said that people, who have been living in the country for the past 50 years, are being thrown out of their homes and are being called illegal immigrants. “People who have lived in this country for 50 years must show a piece of paper to prove they are Indians,” she had said in Parliament earlier this month.
Shah’s statement comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the Centre has adopted a multi-pronged approach to ensure effective surveillance and domination of international borders to check infiltration of illegal migrants.
The MHA, in a written reply to BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh in Lok Sabha, said, “Physical infrastructure like border fencing, floodlighting, construction of border roads and establishment of border outposts has been created.”
“Vulnerable border outposts are regularly reviewed and strengthened by deploying additional manpower, special surveillance equipments and other force multipliers. A technological solution in the form of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) has been implemented in some vulnerable border areas,” the ministry added.
Asserting that detection and deportation of illegal immigrants is a continuous and ongoing process, the MHA further told the Lok Sabha that border guarding forces regularly conduct patrolling, lay nakas and establish observation posts and carry out anti-tunnelling exercises to stop illegal infiltration.
The ministry also underscored that the Central Government has also issued advisories to the state governments and Union territories administrations regarding the identification of illegal migrants and monitoring thereof.
It further said that to deal with illegal immigrants, the “powers of the Central Government under Section 3 of The Foreigners Act, 1946 to detect, detain and deport illegal foreign nationals and powers under Section 5 of The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 to remove an illegal foreigner by force have been entrusted under Article 258(1) of the Constitution of India to all the state governments.”