Indian envoy hands over 250 pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar Govt

Indian envoy hands over 250 pre-fabricated houses to Myanmar Govt

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Yangon (Myanmar), Jul 9: In a handing over ceremony at Maung Daw in Rakhine State, India's envoy to Myanmar Saurabh Kumar handed over the documents related to 250 pre-fabricated houses for use of displaced returnees from Bangladesh.

The papers were handed over to U Aung Kyaw Zan, Joint-chairman of Returnee Resettlement Work Committee and the Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation of Rakhine State Government.

This was officially stated here.

The gesture only shows India's "commitment to neighborhood", MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The Myanmar Minister presented a Letter of Acknowledgement to the Ambassador.

Myanmar's federal Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye was present on the occasion. In his remarks Dr Win Myat Aye thanked the Government of India for its assistance and mentioned about the growing bilateral ties between the two countries.

The Government of India had taken up the project under its Rakhine State Development Programme (RSDP) under which $ 25 million is allocated for a period five years.

The MoU on RSDP signed between India and Myanmar in December 2017 aims to contribute to the socio-economic development of the area.

The programme includes creation of infrastructure in the areas of education, health, agriculture and allied activities.

The construction of 250 houses was the first initiative under the RSDP and has been successfully completed.

Another 22 proposals which includes solar power related projects, construction related projects, agriculture mechanization projects and capacity building projects are presently under consideration.

It may be mentioned here that the Embassy of India had in June 2019 handed over to the Government of Rakhine State, 40 computers for use in Sittwe Computer University and 15 each of tractors and crawlers for use in the farm sector.

These contributions were made under the Government of India’s Small Development Projects scheme.

The road from Paletwa to Zorinpui in Mizoram, India (a part of Kaladan Project) was under construction, an official release said.

The total project cost would be around $484 million. (UNI)