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PM: Distressed Rohingyas receiving wholehearted local support

  • Published at 03:01 pm May 23rd, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:00 pm May 23rd, 2018
UNFPA Executive Director and UN Under Secretary Natalia Kanem, left, meets with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Focus Bangla

She made the comment at her Tejgaon office, during a call-on by visiting UNFPA Executive Director and UN Under Secretary Natalia Kanem

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday pointed out that local people have given their overwhelming support to government measures for giving shelter to displaced Rohingya citizens of Myanmar in Bangladesh.

She made the comment at her Tejgaon office, during a call-on by visiting UNFPA Executive Director and UN Under Secretary Natalia Kanem. 

The premier told the UNFPA official that her government has given shelter to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds, as the people of Bangladesh have experience with suffering such a displacement. 

"And, local people of Bangladesh are extending their wholehearted support to the Rohingyas," she stated. 

After the meeting, the prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said that various matters related to mutual interests were discussed, particularly the issues of development of women and the forcible displacement of Rohingyas from Myanmar.

Sheikh Hasina said that the Rohingyas are staying in the shelter centers in a very inhumane condition though the government is making constant strides to give them some comfort. 

Every day, around 60 babies are born in the Rohingya refugee camps and the monsoon may cause them untold suffering, she added.

Sheikh Hasina said about one lakh refugees would be shifted to Bhasan Char camp very soon, where they would be able to live in a better environment. 

Natalia appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's role in giving shelter to Rohingyas as well as Bangladesh's extraordinary success in women’s empowerment. She also assured the prime minister of continued support from the UN in various sectors.

Later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina highlighted that her government's priority is to ensure the development of the country from the grassroots level, the press secretary said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government is striving to ensure food security, healthcare, and education of the people from the grassroots. 

The government is following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, who soon after the independence, had initiated measures to bring women into the mainstream of national development, she said.

The annual development programs (ADP) of the country have been prepared with a focus on rural development, she added.

The prime minister's Advisor on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi and Principal Secretary Md Najibur Rahman were also present at the meeting.