Implementation committee on recommendations on Rakhine State holds coordination meeting

The work coordination meeting 4/2018 of the Implementation Committee on Recommendations on Rakhine State being held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo:MNA
The work coordination meeting 4/2018 of the Implementation Committee on Recommendations on Rakhine State being held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo:MNA

The work coordination meeting 4/2018 of the Implementation Committee on Recommendations on Rakhine State was held at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Present at the meeting were Committee Chairman Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, Joint Chairman Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Secretary Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut, Joint Secretary Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung, committee members and departmental officials. In his opening speech at the meeting, the committee chairman said its first report was published and news and conduct of the respective ministries would be compiled for the period from January to the end of April 2018. “The report will be a good one if facts and figures are provided systematically. Work committees to receive and resettle displaced persons have been formed and arrangements are being made to conduct the works effectively. It is important for us to show readiness to receive the returnees. Transit and reception centres are ready. The resettling of returnees at homes, removal of fears, building physical and mental trust and confidence should be conducted according to the law and explained clearly,” he said.
The union minister also spoke about the worries of the displaced persons regarding the freedom of movement, period of stay in transit centre, resettling in their former places and the right to apply for naturalisation during his trip to Bangladesh.
The displaced persons were told of the true aims and work conducted by the government. “Only if there is an understanding, will they return and our works will be accomplished,” said the union minister. These works are connected to the suggestions made by Kofi Annan. To raise awareness of the national verification process, the eight benefits of holding an NVC prepared in the Myanmar-English languages need to be published in state-owned media. By holding an NVC, the application for naturalisation can be made within five months, according to the law, and on acquiring the national status, basic rights, including health, education and freedom of movement, can be obtained, he noted.
“When the displaced persons return, they will be able to resume their life. The most important thing is the wrong knowledge of NVC. Only few realise that they will get their rights once they acquire the NVC. They must be informed about this. Of the 88 recommendations made on Rakhine State, 57 are being conducted effectively, while all are urged to suggest and discuss about following up on the remaining 31 recommendations. Preparations are being made to close down the internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Rakhine State that came into existence in 2012. These need to be closed down quickly and completed accordingly. Difficulties must be overcome through cooperation, and closing of these camps will be done according to the set priorities. Progress has been made in closing down the Myebon mountain top IDP camp. Discussions with camp representatives are progressing to close down the Kyauktaw Nidin camp, Sittway That Ke Pyin camp and the Khaung Dukka camp. The work on closing down the remaining camps will continue,” the union minister said.
Next, U Nyi Pu, joint chairman, called for effective and timely implementation of the suggestions. The preparations for future works must be based on experience. The implementation of the suggestions, accepting of returnees and resettlement works must be done together, and at the moment, progress has been made by the committee to close down the IDP camps. Regional stability must be achieved. Plans for accepting the returnees and achieving regional stability should be prepared together.
Some Muslims fled to other countries, but many Muslims stayed back. More than 300 ethnic nationals from other countries are being settled in seven places. Their livelihoods and naturalisation also need to be addressed.
At the moment, accommodation has been provided and agriculture, livestock breeding and small enterprises will be developed next. Such works should not be conducted only for the Maungtaw region, but for the entire Rakhine State. Travel, agriculture, livestock breeding and fishery works can be done in Rakhine State. The ministry is constructing the Mrauk U airport, while the state will build more infrastructure. Media plays an important role in the work of resettling displaced persons, and it should show the true situation, the chief minister said.
Later, Maj-Gen Than Htut, committee secretary, discussed the prioritisation of selection of ethnic national youths from the Rakhine State to attend the youth colleges for national races, under the ministry, and assigning the graduates to the ministries, according to the proposed numbers. The deputy minister further explained that the ethnic national villages that were constructed had been transferred to the Rakhine State government, and the ethnic nationals were being settled there. As part of the work to close down the Myebon IDP camp, the construction of 50 houses have been completed, the deputy minister said.
Following this, U Soe Aung, committee joint secretary, explained that under the Memorandum of Understanding for Rakhine State’s development, signed between the Myanmar and Indian governments, US$5 million per year for five years, totalling $25 million, would be provided and proposals for education, health, agriculture, natural environment and culture, raising the capacity of women and the childcare sectors need to be made by the respective ministries, and only then can works be implemented quickly. Discussions and negotiations were held with the both communities in Rakhine State to close down the IDP camps during the trip with the deputy minister for State Counsellor’s office, said the deputy minister.
Officials from the ministries then discussed about the works conducted ministry wise in Rakhine State, the future works and requirements. Committee chairman and those in attendance also joined in the discussion. —Myanmar News Agency

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