Strategic plan to be implemented for stability and development of violence-hit Rakhine State

Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Tin Aung Chit explained the strategic plan for stability and development of Rakhine State at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Wednesday.
In order to restore stability and the rule of law in Rakhine State, a border guard police force has been formed with 3,600 personnel from Myanmar Police Force, Immigration cmd National Registration Department and Customs Department in addition to a naval police force for security in the sea, the deputy minister said.
In Rakhine State, the ratio of people and police reaches 1:500 while the ratio for the entire country is only 1:900, according to the deputy minister.
The deputy minister added that a total of 2,812 barracks and 1342 houses have been built so far for the resettlement of the victims while eight ministries are carrying out tasks for socioeconomic development of the locals with K 1.11 billion special reserve funds of the Union Government.
To patrol the waterways, authorities will hold negotiations with Bangladesh counterparts to prevent illegal immigrants from entering into the country and the naval police force will be provided with full weapons and equipment to respond to the activities of the illegal immigrants, the deputy minister said.
Police forces will also be trained and reinforced where necessary to prevent conflicts and to control riots more effectively.
In coordination with INGOs and NGOs, resettlement plans will be implemented in order to build houses for the victims in Sittway, Pauktaw, Myebon, Yanbye and Maungtaw, to provide fuels for cooking, transportation, communication and healthcare services to them, to collect population statistics and to support the livelihood of the victims, the deputy minister said.
The resettlement plans were discussed with local communities from July to September in 2014 and infrastructure development projects including houses, roads, schools, clinics and shops will be built from October 2014 to March 2015, the deputy minister added.
The deputy minister believed that the internally displaced people can be relocated during the period from December 2014 to March 2015 if the plans are implemented with the agreement of the local people.
Assistance for socioeconomic development, food, shelter, tools will extend from July 2014 to December 2015, and roads for local transportation, industrial zones and hotel zones to create job opportunities will be built during the same period, the deputy minister concluded.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Session put the discussions on the record.

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