Bangladesh to allocate special funds for Rohingya rehabilitation

Dhaka: Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the government will allocate a special fund for Rohingya rehabilitation in the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year budget.

“We planned to allocate around Tk400 crore as special funds for Rohingya rehabilitation,” Dhaka Tribune quoted Muhith as saying.

The allocation will be provided mainly for building shelters for Rohingya rehabilitation.
Specific allocations to ensure health care, sanitation, and food supply would also be given to the concerned ministries, Muhith further said.

The proposed budget will be announced in Parliament on Thursday.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved Tk2,312 crore for the Rohingya rehabilitation project to rehabilitate around 1 million Rohingya temporarily.
A project named “Ashrayon 3” is being implemented at Bhasanchar, within the next year, where around 100,000 Rohingya will be rehabilitated initially.

Rohingyas are a Muslim minority ethnic group in Myanmar, who are considered as illegal immigrants as opposed to citizens of the country.

Due to a surge in violence in western Myanmar last year, over 700,000 Rohingyas fled the country to escape the military’s action. Presently, they are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps. (ANI)