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Govt may shift 300 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char in Oct

Shamim Jahangir     12th September, 2018 10:07:48 printer

The government is planning to shift 300 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char Island next month, a top official said.

“If everything goes as per the plan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the shifting,” Disaster Management secretary Md Shah Kamal told the daily sun on Wednesday.

The ministry has a plan to shift at least one lakh Rohingya to the island in phases, but the shifting might not be completed this year.

The government has already formed a 10-member joint consultative group comprising representatives from ministries concerned and UN agencies to facilitate the shifting of Rohingya.

Besides, a technical and protection sub-committee has been formed to submit an assessment report to the joint consultative working group for shifting 100,000 refugees, from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char.

As per the report of the technical and protection sub-committee, the government has selected 300 Rohingya to shift in the first phase.

According to official sources, the Department of Passport and Immigration (DIP) with the help of the UNHCR has so far completed biometric registration of 11,18,576 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

Of the Rohingyas, over 693,014 Rohingyas come to Bangladesh between August 25, 2017, and August 31, 2018.

The displaced Rohingyas are now living in 30 camps on 6,000 acres of forest lands in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban, they said.  

The government has constructed 190,926 shelter houses for Rohingyas. It has also planned to construct 20,000 more shelter houses for the refugees.

The government has appointed 37 deputy secretaries, senior assistant secretary and assistant secretary-level officials for execution, monitoring and coordination of humanitarian assistance to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas.

The Ministry of Disaster and Relief has already sought help from 75 deputy secretary, senior assistant secretary and assistant secretary-level officials. The tenure of the assignment should not be less than six months, the ministry urged the public administration ministry. Disaster management and relief secretary Md Shah Kamal said they will hold an inter-ministerial meeting every month aiming to ensure safety, security and coordination at Rohingya camps.

On different occasions, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the international community and agencies concerned for the immediate repatriation of Rohingya.