Dhaka – The process of biometric registration of Rohingya Muslims, sheltered in Bangladesh fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar, is in progress with nearly 250,000 refugees came under the registration scheme, officials said on Sunday.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, who is scheduled to fly to Naypyidaw Monday for holding talks over return of the Myanmar nationals, said 245,550 Rohingya Muslims were brought under registration.
The government with the assistance of the international donors launched the documentation process soon after thousands of Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh facing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in late August.
UN agencies estimated that 603,000 Rohingya crossed the border after Myanmar army launched the offensive against the minority group with an excuse that Muslim insurgents attacked police post and military bases on August 25.
Most of those who crossed the border are yet to get proper shelter thanks to resource constraints. The UN agencies have time and against been calling the international community to come up with humanitarian assistance, but the response is so far very poor.
Bangladesh has been hosting nearly 400,000 other Rohingya Muslims, only 33,000 of whom are registered as refugee, who were driven away from their homes in Rakhine since 1990s. The Myanmar government has always been following a dilly-dally tactics over Rohingya repatriation.
The government, this time round, has decided to get those displaced Myanmar nationals registered aiming at their repatriation.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported that the department of passport and immigration has been getting registration of 13,000 Rohingya Muslims average every day.
Director General of the (DIP) Major General M Masud Rezwan said the department has been monitoring the registration work being operated by 125 army personnel and 85 BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) personnel.