States asked to identify Rohingya refugees and collect biometrics: Rajnath

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Rajnath Singh at Eastern Zonal Council

Kolkata: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during the 23rd meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council, in Kolkata, Monday, October 01, 2018. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and representatives of other states are also seen. (PIB Photo via PTI)

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 here 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.

(PTI)