Kolkata: On International Migrants Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that it was a humanitarian obligation to give refuge to migrants. The West Bengal chief minister added that her government to the best of its abilities would take care of anyone seeking shelter in the state. Also Read - West Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari Resigns as State Transport Minister, Cracks Widen In Trinamool Congress

“Today is International Migrants Day. It is our humanitarian obligation to give refuge to migrants. In #Bangla we will take care of anyone who seeks shelter in our state, to the best of our abilities,” Banerjee tweeted. Also Read - Majerhat Bridge: Kolkata Awaits Lifeline as PWD, Railways Slug it Out

Mamata Banerjee also extended her best wishes to all the minority students on Tuesday in a tweet. Her tweet said, “Today is Minority Rights Day. We are all equal and united. Unity in diversity is our strength. You will be happy to know that in Bangla, we have distributed scholarships to over 1.7 crore minority students, the highest in the country.”

In a series of tweets, the Trinamool Congress supremo also extended her best wishes to all the minority students. “Today is Minority Rights Day. We are all equal and united. Unity in diversity is our strength. You will be happy to know that in Bangla, we have distributed scholarships to over 1.7 crore minority students, the highest in the country”, she tweeted.

The BJP-led central government had left over 40 lakh people out of the complete draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC). Calling illegal immigration a threat to the country, BJP chief Amit Shah on December 8 stated that the NRC solves the basic problems of the country. “This country is not a Dharamshala (charitable shelter home) that anyone can come and settle down here,” said Shah while speaking at an even organised by the Dainik Jagran media group. Banerjee, the founder of All India Trinamool Congress, however, expressed her desire to let those people whose names were excluded from the list to stay in West Bengal.

International Migrants Day is observed on December 18 in accordance with Resolution 55/93 of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted on December 4, 2000. Minorities Rights Day, on the other hand, is celebrated on the same day (December 18) annually marking the need to protect the rights of the minority communities and forge a better understanding among religious minorities in the country.

(With Agency inputs)