Rohingya refugee crisis: Govt assessing need for budget allocations
12:00 AM, October 26, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:32 AM, October 26, 2017

Rohingya Influx: Ministries ask for Tk 65cr to tackle situation

The finance ministry has moved to assess how much budgetary allocation is needed for handling the increasing number of Rohingyas fleeing into the country, as different ministries have already sought Tk 65 crore.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday directed the finance secretary to submit a report on the need assessment in seven days. The move was made upon his return on October 22 from attending the World Bank-IMF annual meeting in Washington, said a finance ministry official.

Muhith on the sidelines of the meeting said the Rohingya crisis would put a huge pressure on the budgetary measures.

The international community has extended its support to handling the crisis. The WB has also offered financial assistance.

The finance minister in his directive asked his ministry officials to ensure that the government measures did not overlap with measures of international cooperation.

Of the money sought by ministries, Tk 50 crore has been asked for for rehabilitating Rohingya refugees at Bhasanchar, while Tk 10 crore for sewerage facility and drinking water supply and Tk 5 crore for local law enforcement agencies.

A World Bank team has been conducting a need assessment to help Dhaka deal with the crisis that is already putting a tremendous pressure on Bangladesh.

A report of the Chittagong divisional commissioner reveals that until October 12 the government distributed 490 tonnes of rice and different agencies 416 tonnes among Rohingyas. The government has also allocated Tk 40 lakh in  cash.

At Sonali Bank Cox's Bazar branch, the government has opened an account where individuals and organisations have deposited Tk 2.5 crore.

Bangladesh may receive around $300 million from the newly created WB refugee window fund.

A six-member mission of the WB has arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a 14-day visit to make an assessment of the refugees' needs.

The UN held a one-day conference on Monday in Geneva to discuss the Rohingya issue when donors pledged $340 million. According to an UN assessment, $434 million is required in six months.

Since violence broke out in Myanmar on August 25, at least 6,00,000 Rohingya people, according to the UN -- about 60 percent of them children -- have crossed into Bangladesh to join nearly 400,000 of their fellow countrymen who had fled violence in Myanmar in phases over the years.

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