SWRR Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye discusses resettlement plans, closure of IDP camps in Sittway

UNION Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye explained the resettlement programmes and the National Strategy for the Closure of IDP camps at the U Ottama Hall in Sittway, Rakhine State, on 2 December afternoon.

The Union Minister said the relevant ministries are trying to emerge a suitable State Constitution that is required for rule of laws, socioeconomic development national reconciliation and internal peace, and a federal democratic union as socioeconomic development is interrelated with peace and development of the country.

He talked about the ministry’s works in developing human resources that can support socioeconomic development of the country in accordance with the sustainable development plan of the country.

The Union Minister remarked that the armed conflicts have left many internally displaced persons at the IDP camps in Kachin, Shan, Kayin and Rakhine states, and the prolonged existence of these camps would hinder development of the country.

He said the National Strategy for the Closure of IDP camps must be implemented in cooperation with civil societies, INGOs, UN agencies and social organizations.

The strategy was adopted in 2018, and the monthly cash assistance is being given to the internally displaced persons, with the total amount of over K 1.8 billion up to date.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is taking up resettlement and socioeconomic development committee out of the four work committees for peace and development in Rakhine State.

He concluded his speech with suggestions on drawing appropriate work plans to meet the specific needs in respective states and regions.

Then, the Director General of Department of Disaster Management detailed the strategy, and the Union Minister, the Chief Minister of Rakhine State and officials replied the questions of attendees about closures of IDP camps in Myebon and Kyaukphyu townships, possible participations of civil communities, providing assistance in education, health, livelihood, security and the right to freedom of movement for IDPs, contribution of community-based organizations in drafting state-level work plans and allocation of budgets.

The meeting was attended by the ministers of Rakhine State government, Hluttaw MPs, representatives of IDP camps, women committees, civil communities, Sittway University Union, Chin charity youth organizations and the representatives from UN agencies in Myanmar.

(Translated by Aung Khin)
Photo – MNA