Resettlement: UEHRD Vice Chair Visits Maungtaw

14 January 2018

Vice Chairman of Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye together with Rakhine State Chief Minister and officials visited Maungtaw area on Sunday.

They went to KyeeKanPyin (South) Village, and met with the villagers. The village is resided by the Muslim villagers. The Union Minister and party coordinated for reconstruction of houses in the village.

They later proceeded to HlaPhoeKhaung Village, and inspected the land preparation for construction of houses. The village will provide temporary accommodation for those repatriated from Bangladesh.

According to the Bilateral Agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the repatriation process will commence on January 23rd.

Union Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, H.E. Dr. Win Myat Aye said “Since we are planning to start the repatriation process on January 23rd, the In-charge of the construction works said they will be ready on that day. About 30 shelters will be complete on the 23rd. It can house for about 1200 people. Another 1000 shelters will be complete by the end of month. And we can provide accommodation for about 5000 people. We also arrange another plan in case of delay due to the weather condition. We have also arranged the temporary tents.”

About 30,000 people can be able to accommodate at the same time in 625 shelters. According to the bilateral agreement, those returnees will be accepted after the scrutinizing process by the Immigration Department. They must not tie with the terrorists, and they must have evidence of living here. They can stay at the transit camp or they can go back directly to the village while helping in the construction works according to the Cash for Work program.

Union Minister, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, H.E. Dr. Win Myat Aye said “We cannot say exactly how many people will be repatriated. There are bilateral working groups who are negotiating for the process. The immigration department is sending the forms that they need to be filled. After filling it, they have to send it back to us for scrutinizing. After scrutinizing process, we will send them the list of people that we are going to accept. But we haven’t received the list of those who are going to be repatriated. But we are carrying out the process to be ready on the day that we made at the agreement. We will make everything ready at the reception camps and transit camps.” 

Construction and Infrastructure Task Force under the UEHRD is undertaking for the accommodation by selecting 39 local construction companies.

General Secretary, Construction and Infrastructure Task Force, Zaw Min Thein said “We have selected 39 local companies in Rakhine State through tender bidding system. We allocate them to do construction works for about 15 to 20 shelters. After the design was approved, we start the construction works.”

The Union Minister and party also visited KyeinChaung Village before going back to Sittwe.