The government is making systematic arrangements for the resettlement of the 62 displaced people who returned from Bangladesh voluntarily earlier this week, with their security considered important.
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye made the remarks yesterday in his capacity as the chairman of the committee on the acceptance and resettlement of returnees at a work coordination meeting of the committee in Sittway, Rakhine State.
Regarding the repatriation, the Union Minister stressed the need to sit down with returnees individually for discussion about their resettlement in their original places of residence and their livelihoods.
He also pledged to make arrangements to bring back their relatives who are in Bangladesh back to Myanmar through diplomatic channels.
After scrutinising the returnees, those who have a home in Myanmar will be handed over to their families, he added.
“Regarding the security, we are making more efforts for border security currently,” said Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye.
The Immigration Department has granted National Verification cards to them and are assisting them in applying for citizenship.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has planned to provide them with aid both physical and mental to carry out reunions with their families, to provide cash assistance to pregnant women and to provide social pensions to those who are aged.
Those who lost their homes in the fire during the conflicts will be provided with money under the Cash for Work programme for their resettlement near their original residences.
At yesterday’s meeting, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu called for making the best for resettlement of the returnees to benefit them in the long run.
Also present at the meeting were Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, members of the Rakhine State Cabinet and state-level officials.
Dr. Aung Thu Rein, Director of the Ministry of the Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry, and local authorities visited Thayargon and Thinganet villages in Sittway Township and met with Rakhine and Kaman ethnic people.
At the meeting, the ethnic people reported on requirements for school enrolment, teachers at schools, school furniture and health care.