India to handover 200 houses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

  1. India has handed over 250 pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar.These houses were built for the displaced Rohingya returnees from Bangladesh.
  2. The Indian government had taken up the project under its Rakhine State Development Programme(RSDP) under which $25 million was allocated for a period of five years.
  3. The MoU on RSDP was signed between India and Myanmar in December 2017.It aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of the area.
  4. The programme includes creation of infrastructure in the areas of education, health,agriculture and allied activities,agro-processing, community development sectors and related training in these areas.
  5. Further,India’s support to Rohingyas comes even as India supports Bangladesh under Operation Insaniyat to deal with the massive influx of refugees.
  6. Rohingya is an ethnic group largely comprising Muslims who predominantly live in the Western Myanmar province of Rakhine.In Myanmar,they are they are classified as “resident foreigners” or as “associate citizens”
  7. Lakhs of Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring countries like Bangladesh and India after facing religious and ethnical persecution in Myanmar.