Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Myanmar should take the displaced Rohingyas back as they had emerged as a big burden for Bangladesh.
‘Rohingyas are a big burden for Bangladesh. Local people of Cox’s Bazar have to face sufferings because of them (Rohingyas)... Myanmar should take their citizens back,’ she said.
The prime minister said this when visiting chair of UK All-Party Parliamentary Group Anne Main-headed UK Conservative Friends of Bangladesh and the delegation of UK APPG on Population, Development and Reproductive Health jointly met the prime minister at the latter’s official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.
PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
The prime minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian ground and extended her sincere thanks to the local people of Cox’s Bazar for enduring sufferings caused by the Rohingyas.
Sheikh Hasina recollected that some 10 million Bangladeshis had taken shelter as refugees in India during the 1971 Liberation War.
The visiting team appreciated Bangladesh for showing the humanitarian gesture by giving shelter to the displaced people.
The UK delegation visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and handed over a written report to the prime minister.
Noting that they also visited the Rohingya camps two years ago, the visiting team said the condition in the Rohingya camps had improved remarkably within the last two years.
They reiterated their support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.
The UK APPG delegation appreciated Bangladesh for the socioeconomic development and birth control policy.
The policy country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had adopted after the 1971 Liberation War to control birth was very effective and the birth control example of Bangladesh was also mentioned in many UK reports, they said adding the socioeconomic development Bangladesh had embarked on was very impressive.
The prime minister said Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had a dream to liberate the country and ensure economic emancipation of the people of Bangladesh.
But unfortunately he was assassinated when the progress of the country had started, said Sheikh Hasina, also the eldest daughter of Sheikh Mujib.
She said her government had relentlessly been working to implement the dream of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by making a poverty- and hunger-free Bangladesh.
The prime minister said her government was striving for socioeconomic uplift of the country. The main task was to improve the condition of the rural areas and rural masses, she said.
Hasina said the per capita income increased to US$ 1909 now from US$ 543 in 2006 and the power generation capacity enhanced to over 22,000 megawatt from 3,200 megawatt in 2006.
About the health sector, the prime minister said her government set up some 18,000 community clinics to reach the healthcare services to the doorstep of the grassroots people.
She said some 30 free medicines were provided from clinics. Women and children were largely being benefited from the community clinics, the PM added.
About education, she said the government was now providing stipends to mothers of primary school students through electronic transfer system to ensure their enrollment.
About Bangladesh-UK relations, she said Britain had always been assisting Bangladesh in its drive to achieve economic progress.
‘It (the relation) will grow to a great extent,’ the PM was quoted as saying.
PM’s political affairs adviser HT Imam, principal secretary MD Nojibur Rahman and British high commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson were present on the occasion.
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