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India continues its help to Rohingya refugees; provides houses in Myanmar 

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 11, 2019, 01.40 PM (IST) Reported By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

India, in its continued support to Rohingya refugees, has handed over 250 pre-fabricated houses to the government of Myanmar. These houses are for the displaced Rohingya refugees who have returned from Bangladesh.

Indian envoy to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar handed over the documents related to the houses to joint-chairman of Returnee Resettlement Work Committee U Aung Kyaw Zan at a ceremony in Maung Daw of Myanmar's Rakhine State. 

These pre-fabricated houses will be in northern Rakhine and the break up is 148 units in Shwe Zar, 60 units in Kyein Chaung Taung and 42 units in Nant Thar Taung.

Under the Indian government's project - Rakhine State Development Programme (RSDP) - 25 million dollars will be allocated for a period of five years. Both India and Myanmar signed an MoU for the programme in December 2017 which aims to contribute to the development of the Rakhine region.

The construction of 250 houses was the first initiative under the RSDP. Another 22 proposals include solar power related projects, construction-related projects and agriculture mechanization projects which are under consideration.

In June 2019, India handed over 40 computers to local Rakhine government that are being used in Sittwe Computer University. As many as 15 tractors and crawlers for the farm sector were also given. In addition to this, New Delhi has provided medical equipment at Sittwe General Hospital in Rakhine. Sittwe is a port city in Myanmar which is being connected with India and gives a fillip to the economic growth in the region.

India's support to Rohingyas comes even as it supports Dhaka under 'Operation Insaniyat' to deal with the massive influx of refugees.