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Rights bodies demand 70pc jobs for locals to serve Rohingyas

Published : Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 1125

The rights bodies on Tuesday criticised the Rohingya Joint Response Planning (JRP) 2019 claiming that the JRP was prepared by Inter Sectoral Coordination Group (ISCG) in Rohingya response without the participation of local government and NGOs. The authority failed to prepare the planning as 'conflict and security sensitive'.
The criticism was made at a press conference jointly organized by Cox's Bazar CSO NGO Forum (CCNF), a network of 50 non government bodies, and the Coat Trust Bangladesh held at the Jatiya Press Club.
Executive Director of PHALS Coxs bazar Abu Morshed Chowdhury read out the position paper while Executive Director of COAST Trust Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Nayeem Gowhar Warha of Disaster Forum, Rafiqul Islam of Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh, Mostafa Kamal Akhanda of COAST Trust and Tanvir Ahmed of NIRAPOD also spoke in the occasion.
They also claimed that the JRP is hardly transparent on aid issues and very little on way forward toward localisation. They also demanded 70 percent work facilities and service staffs for the local people basis on their standard to proper services to the victims.
Morshed Chowdhury claimed that some incidences of conflicts are arising in the area. There are security concerns from different dimensions. But, the JRP 2019 overwhelms bias and business as usual to service delivery. It should give importance to peaceful co-existence and social cohesion.
He also mentioned that although there are demands of initiating a pooled fund for environmental recovery of Cox's Bazar area and providing compensation to the victims who lost their social forests, but there was no commitment on these issues.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury informed that allocation for the Rohingya families is declining every year. Each of the Rohingya families received US$ 593 in 2017 and US$ 351 in 2018. The allocation has now declined to only $ 215 in the year of 2019.
He demanded transparency in providing aid and withdrawal of UN agencies and NGOs from field operation in giving services to Rohingyas, handing over the activities to the local NGOs.

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