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Indian President to hand over 50 housing units to displaced Rohingyas

Gautam Lahiri     7 December, 2018 12:00 AM printer

New Delhi: In his maiden visit to Myanmar, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind will hand over to the government 50 dwelling units built for the displaced Rohingyas.

President Kovind is scheduled to go on a three-day state visit to Myanmar from December 11 to 13 this month.

Before this visit, Foreign Secretary Vijay K. Gokhle told the media at a press briefing that India is building 250 dwelling units for the displaced communities of Rakhine state.

During the visit, the President will hand over the first 50 housing units.

This handover will dispatch a message to both Bangladesh and Myanmar Governments to facilitate speedy return of the displaced Rohingya people.

International community is still expressing concern about the law and order situation at the Rakhine state. They said the situation is still not conducive to the safe return for the displaced persons.

Asked about the situation there, the foreign secretary clearly said handing over these dwelling units and assessment of the ground situation are two different issues.

“I want to distinguish between development assistance to support Myanmar for building necessary infrastructure for the displaced persons and situation in the Rakhine state.”

He added that the Indian government has noted the agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the safe return of the Rohingya refugees.

India hopes that that the agreement would be implemented soon and the refugees go back to their respective places.

The Indian President is visiting Myanmar after a gap of 12 years.

President Kovind will reach Myanmar on December 10 in the evening and his official engagement would start from the next day.

On December 11, Kovind will hold high-level talks which will encompass a vast area of connectivity and security, plus review the ongoing $750-million developmental projects funded by Indian LOC.

There will be a number of agreements signed after the talks. The Press secretary to the President Ashok Malik said three lawmakers from the North Eastern states will be the President’s entourage and it proves seriousness of implementation of Act East policy of the Government of India which directly benefits North Indian states.

The lawmakers are Rameshwar Teli, Rajan Gohain and Bhavanand Sing from Manipur.