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Envoy: India’s efforts continue for sustainable Rohingya repatriation

India remains beside Bangladesh to deal with the humanitarian crisis, she says

Update : 27 Feb 2020, 05:24 PM

India is using all its efforts to find a sustainable solution for the safe, secure and sustainable repatriation of Rohingyas, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly has said. 

“India wants a safe and sustainable repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar from Bangladesh,” she said during a relief distribution ceremony at a refugee camp in Kutupalong, Cox's Bazar on Thursday.

Since the fresh influx of Rohingyas in 2017, Riva said, India remains beside Bangladesh to deal with the humanitarian crisis.

India has already built a number of houses in Rakhine state so that Rohingyas could stay safe there after returning to their land of origin, she said.

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district, and most of them arrived there since August 25, 2017 after a military crackdown by Myanmar, which the UN called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” by other rights groups.

Earlier, State Minister for Disaster and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman inaugurated the sewing machine distribution program at the camp, which was also attended by disaster management and relief secretary M Shah Kamal, among others.

The Indian High Commission also handed over 1,000 sewing machines, 32 office tents, 32 rescue kits and 99 family tents to the disaster management and relief ministry under its fifth tranche of relief assistance for Rohingyas.

This fifth tranche of assistance is part of a humanitarian relief program that has been initiated by the Indian government since September 2017 by first delivering a  consignment of 981 metric tons of relief supplies.

In May 2018, 373 tons of relief materials were handed over, while 1.1million liters of Super Kerosene Oil and 20,000 stoves and 225,000 blankets, 200,000 woolen sweaters and 500 eco-friendly solar street lights supplied under third and fourth tranche of assistance in September and December 2018 respectively.

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