POST TIME: 27 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
Govt to engage 60,000 Rohingya youths in community service

Govt to engage 60,000 Rohingya youths in community service

The government is going to involve at least 60,000 Rohingya youths to improve the displaced Myanmar citizens' access to basic services and for their faster and social resilience in Cox’s Bazar. After training the Rohingya youths, the authorities will involve them in the development works under the ‘Emergency Multisector Rohingya Crisis Response Project’, according to sources in the disaster management and relief ministry. As part of improving access to basic services, the project will ensure increased supply of safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene promotion, as well as climate-resilient infrastructure for those who are at risk.

The International Development Association (IDA), a member of the World Bank (WB) Group, will provide Tk. 297.15 crore as grant for implementing the project, which was approved at an ECNEC meeting on November 2018, the sources said.

Senior secretary of the disaster management and relief ministry, Md Shah Kamal, told The Independent that they already signed an agreement with the IDA to implement the project in May last year for improving the services and basic needs of Rohingyas.

"The World Food Programme (WFP) has already sent a proposal to appoint 60,000 Rohingya youths under UN agencies (direct) on a ‘need basis’ after training them,” he said.

“We've prepared a proposal in this regard. It would be sent to the Cabinet Committee on Purchase soon seeking its

approval,” he added. He said the authorities concerned want to start involve the Rohingya youths from the end of this month after getting approval of the purchase committee. He also said that the authorities will use the youths to plant grass on 90 hectares of land to save refugee camps areas in Cox’s Bazar from land erosion.

“At the same time, the Rohingya youths will help construct six km of roads, 60,000 sq km of slope protection, 2.4 km of walkways, bamboo pools, and other required rehabilitation  works of their camps areas,” he noted.

“Involvement of Rohingya youths in such work will help to reduce crimes like yaba smuggling and child marriage,” added.

Currently, more than 745,000 Rohingyas are living in extremely congested conditions in 34 camps in Cox’s Bazar.