Sunday, March 29, 2020 | ePaper

Govt incapable of deciding how to deal with Rohingya crises

  • Print
NEWSPAPERS reported that the government is shifting its previous stance on sheltering one lakh Rohingyas to remote Bhashan Char due to constant objections from the international community, especially the aid agencies. Bhashan Char is only 25 kilometres from Sandwip Island and it has a fast siltation rate. There is also a big possibility Sandwip Island and Bhashan Char will get connected in the near future. But the rights groups and different local and international NGOs from the very beginning have been opposing the decision saying that it would be too risky to house refugees on the island. Their point of view was that - thousands of locals have died in the coastal areas from natural disasters in the last five decades, so the lives of refugees will be endangered if they are shifted there. The Ministry concerned with the help of the armed forces has built 120 cluster villages on the 40 sqkm island under a Tk 2,312 crore project for accommodating one lakh Rohingyas now staying in Cox's Bazar camps.
Though the authorities have also built a three-metre high embankment around the island to keep out tidal surges during cyclone, the Rohingya refugees feel insecure fearing that their shelters would be wiped out by any strong blow from a cyclone. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen after visiting the island recently hinted that government may quit the plan. Not only that, the government is also apprehending non-cooperation from the international aid agencies for which it would face difficulties in arranging food, healthcare and other necessary items for Rohingyas. We don't need to ask any questions as to why around Tk 2500 crore was spent to refurbish a risky island, if it would be rejected ultimately. We have earned discredit by welcoming the Rohingya refugees and being unable to play an international role to compel them to go back to their own country. The lives of the refugees here are miserable and unsafe. The fact is that this government depends on lies and wrong advice of the corrupt bureaucrats with the arrogance of controlling the government who have been successful in making the government thoroughly unpopular and rely on police for rigging election.
The government has built an island with huge cost and corruption for safe shelter of Rohingyas knowing that it has no friend to help in short term or at all for creating pressure on  Myanmar not to punish Bangladesh with the  unbearable  burden of their people.

More News For this Category

Ensure food and other essentials to marginal people now staying behind closed doors

NEWSPAPERS reported that labourers on daily wages are undergoing an acute food crisis since last Thursday after the authorities concerned went for forced leave and shut down all businesses, except

Civil servants must learn to be admirable

RECENTLY, a news report which indicated that some elderly persons were humiliated by a junior administrative cadre officer has drawn flak from different quarters. People became agitated after the officer

World War III Begins Without A single Shot

Sir Frank Peters :World War III has begun without a single shot being fired or the sight of single army camouflage uniform to blight the landscape. For the first time in

Food Safety Also Ensuring Quality & Security

Taslim Ahammad :Food safety, quality and food security are interrelated concepts with a profound impact on quality of human life. Many unregulated farm cart feed millions of people daily, street

Don`t push them to such helpless situation

AT least 30 beds for as many policemen are crammed into a dorm room of about 450sqft at Mohammadpur Police Camp in the capital. The beds are not even

Save common people from bearing some extra burden

CONSUMERS Association of Bangladesh or CAB earlier had claimed that cost of living in the country increased by 6.5 percent due to price hike of essentials like onion and

Terror

Terror

Shahrin Tabassum :Corona virus is now another name for terror in the world. The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus infection as a global outbreak. The first outbreak

Quarantine

Quarantine

Dr Md Mahmudul Hassan :The whole world is passing very crucial moments at present. COVID-19 created a tremendous fear in the human mind. They have lost the path, do

Forest should have the shield as national property

DIFFERENT organisations and individuals have occupied 279,096 acres of forest land in the last 50­60 years though the Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Corporation has no record on total areas grabbed.

Independence has to be made meaningful for unity and peace

What would have been our 50th Independence and National Day celebrations will instead be spent in nothing more than social isolation due to the effects of the COVID-19 virus worldwide.