India to respond swiftly to any crisis of Bangladesh
Published : Monday, 24 December, 2018 at 9:21 PM Count : 837
India is committed to "respond swiftly to any crisis" in Bangladesh because of the close friendship between the two countries.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka said this on Monday as India started delivering a fourth tranche of Indian relief assistance for Rohingya people forcibly displaced from Myanmar, currently living in Cox's Bazar district on Bangladesh, reports UNB.
"India is ready to continue to assist Bangladesh in catering to the needs of displaced persons from Myanmar, in a manner that is sustainable, people-centric and is also in the best interests of the host communities as well, said the High Commission.
The relief materials are being distributed at the camps in Cox's Bazar by the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of Bangladesh.
When completed, this fourth tranche of Indian aid would include 2,25,000 blankets, 2,00,000 woolen sweaters and 500 solar street lights, said the IndianHigh Commission here on Monday.
This tranche of assistance is in specific response to the request of the Minister for Disaster Management and Relief.
It is part of India's continuing partnership and support for Bangladesh, especially in sharing the burden imposed upon it because of the influx of a large number of displaced persons from Rakhine State in Myanmar.
As a special gesture, the High Commission said, India is also making available part of the consignment of blankets and sweaters for distribution to vulnerable sections of the local community in Cox's Bazar.
This fourth tranche of assistance is part of a process initiated in September 2017, when under 'Operation Insaniyat', the government of India delivered the first consignment of humanitarian assistance in Cox's Bazar area, comprising 981 metric tons of relief supplies, including family packs of rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready-to-eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets, etc.
In May 2018, 373 MT of relief material was supplied by India.
This consignment included 104 MT of milk powder; 102 MT of dry fish; 61 MT of baby food; 50,000 raincoats; and 50,000 pairs of gum boots.
A third consignment was provided in September 2018, where India handed over 1.1 million litres of SKO (Super Kerosene Oil) and 20,000 Kerosene multiwick stoves.
The material included in the latest consignment of assistance will help the displaced persons through winter, while the solar street lights will ensure environment-friendly lighting solutions for the camps.