MoSWRR discusses regular food assistance to IDPs in Rakhine State

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Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye holds talks with local authorities on providing relief foods to people at IDP camps in Rakhine State.  Photo : MNA

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement organized a virtual meeting to provide food aid to internally displaced persons in Rakhine State on 28 December. Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye and his deputy minister made discussions with Rakhine State Security and Border Affairs Minister, the Permanent Secretary, the Director-General and other officials of Rakhine State government.
At the meeting, the Union Minister talked about the current ration of rice for the IDPs in a monthly basis and providing relief assistance transparently.
Rakhine State Security and Border Affairs Minister briefed the efforts of state govenment to avoid food shortage problems for IDPs, difficulties in collecting list of IDPs due to some security concerns, misunderstanding among the IDPs who were not present when the rice was distributed at the temporary shelters, cooperation work with relevent departments and media expressions.
Officials at the meeting also discussed the facts including cooperation work with regional organizations in collecting data of IDPs, response to media reports by using accurate information, report on the lists of IDPs by the heads of camps and village administrators, support of international organizations and contracts with Rakhine State Chambers of Commerce and Industry to purchase quality rice. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has been providing food aids and other assistance to IDPs in Rakhine State in cooperation with the state government since December 2018. The ministry has spent K6 billion, including K5.739 billion for rice and over K245 million for other relief items until December 2020.—MNA (Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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