Meeting for Kachin IDPs agree on need for initial need assessment

A coordination meeting of Working Group on Resettling IDPs in Kachin State and the Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC) held in Myitkyina. Photo: MNA
A coordination meeting of Working Group on Resettling IDPs in Kachin State and the Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC) held in Myitkyina. Photo: MNA

The Working Group on Resettling IDPs in Kachin State and the Kachin Humanitarian Concern Committee (KHCC) held their first coordination meeting at the Kachin State Government’s meeting room in Myitkyina yesterday.
Participants included:
U Soe Aung, the Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement who is also head of the working group, Kachin State Minister for Security and Border Affairs Colonel Nay Lin Tun, State Minister for Social Affairs U Nay Win, the Staff Colonel Northern Military Command Colonel Tun Nay Lin, working group secretary U Win Naing Tun, who is Director-General of the Rehabilitation Department, members of the working group, and the KHCC delegation led by its Vice Chairperson 1 Father Paul Awng Dang.
Purpose of the working group
Deputy Minister U Soe Aung first spoke at meeting. He said the Working Group on Resettling IDPs in Kachin State was established on 8 May 2019 with Order No. 62/2019 of the President’s Office.
He said the working group was formed after a meeting between the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) and KHCC in April 2019 resulted in a decision to ensure IDPs in Kachin State can return to their hometowns with dignity and in safety, and to provide the necessary humanitarian aid to them.
The Deputy Minister said the working group has been assigned nine tasks, which needs to be implemented in line with the NRPC’s guidance and with the agreements made between NRPC and KHCC. He said the IDPs in Kachin State will have their socioeconomic livelihoods redeveloped if everyone works together.
The meeting commences
Next, Father Paung Awng Dang gave a speech, after which the attendees openly discussed the tasks for implementation.
The outcome of the meeting highlighted the need for conducting an Initial Need Assessment for repatriating IDPs, gathered suggestions for drafting and action plan, designating focal persons for the working group and KHCC, and setting a timetable for future meetings.
Donating to Ngwe Pyaw Sanpya village
Afterwards, the Deputy Minister and entourage travelled to Ngwe Pyaw Sanpya village in (PaLaNa) village-tract, Myitkyina, and openly discussed socioeconomic development and employment opportunities with the local people. They then handed over K3.1 million from the National Natural Disaster Management Committee’s funds to the villagers to cover school transportation costs of the village’s students. —MNA  (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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