High Commission of India Dhaka Remarks by
staff Reporter: In the last one year or so, Bangladesh has hosted close to one million displaced persons from the Rakhine State of Myanmar.This humanitarian gesture has been appreciated by India and all concerned.As a neighbour, friend and partner of Bangladesh, India has responded promptly to support the Government of Bangladesh in meeting the relief requirements posed by this large influx of displaced persons.I am happy to hand over today to the Government of Bangladesh, represented by Hon’ble Minister of Disaster Management & Relief Mr. Mofazzel Hussain Chowdhury (Maya) our third phase of relief assistance of over 1 million litres of Super Kerosene Oil and 20,000 kerosene stoves.It will be recalled that in September 2017, the External Affairs Minister of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj had announced relief operations under ‘Operation Insaniyat’ for displaced persons from the Rakhine State of Myanmar in Bangladesh.The first tranche of relief material consisting of 4.5 lakh food packs of rice, lentils, milk, etc was delivered in September 2017. This was handed over to the Hon’ble Minister for Road, Transport and Bridges H.E. Mr. Obaidul Qader.In April 2018, during his visit to Dhaka, our Foreign Secretary announced the second phase of humanitarian assistance.In May 2018, the second tranche of relief material consisting of 373 metric tons of dry fish, milk powder, baby food, rain coats and gum boots to cater to the rainy season was handed over. This tranche was handed over to Hon’ble Minister Maya who has again kindly consented to be present today.India has also started construction of pre-fabricated houses in the Rakhine State. I am happy to inform that we are building 250 houses which are nearing completion. Foundation work has already started for 50 houses at a village called Kyein Chaung in Maungdaw district of Myanmar. These dwellings are intended to facilitate the return of displaced persons from Bangladesh.In May 2018, the External Affairs Minister of India underscored the need for three Ss – safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced persons to Rakhine State.During his visit to Bangladesh in July 2018, the Hon’ble Home Minister of India, reiterated India’s commitment to help in the return of displaced people to their homes in Myanmar.India has always stood by Bangladesh in times of need. Ours is a relationship based on trust, friendship and shared martyrdom that goes beyond strategic partnership. It is in this spirit of friendship that we have come forward to share their burden and will continue to do so.We understand the plight of the displaced persons and Bangladesh’s support to the displaced persons under trying circumstances deserves appreciation. I will also visit some of the camps.I wish to convey that India will continue to extend humanitarian assistance to support the Government of Bangladesh in its efforts to provide succour to the displaced persons. Our gesture of providing relief will continue beyond the third tranche.In conclusion, may I thank the dignitaries from Bangladesh for being present here today. I would like to make a special mention of Ambassador Vikram Doraiswami, Director General in our Ministry of External Affairs for his presence.