01/10/2018 3:26 PM IST | Updated 01/10/2018 3:26 PM IST

Modi Govt Now Wants States To Collect Biometric Data Of Rohingyas To Be Sent To Myanmar

Rajnath Singh made the announcement after a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council in Kolkata

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Rohingya Muslim refugees hold placards during a protest rally against what the protesters say are killings of Rohingya people in Myanmar, in New Delhi, India, September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

KOLKATA — Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that states have been asked to identify Rohingya refugees and collect their biometric details.

The Centre will send the biometric report collected by states to the Myanmar government through diplomatic channel, he said.

Singh chaired a meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council in Kolkata to discuss issues related to inter-state relations and security matters, including the Maoist menace.

The meeting was attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Odisha was represented in the meeting by Finance Minister Shashi Bhusan Behera.

The Union Home Minister said that the states required central forces which the Centre would provide as per need.