Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: First time Rohingya census has begun in Cox’s Bazar, Bandorban, Rangamati, Khagrachuri, Fotuakhali and Chittagong districts of Bangladesh on 12th of Feb, 2016.
Through this census program, the exact figures of Rohingyas who have entered from Burma and living in the aforementioned districts of Bangladesh can be known to the government easily and the ID cards will be issued to the Rohingyas after the census done, according to the concerned officials.
The government Statistics Bureau (BBS) oversees and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing overall assistances for this census program. The family census has begun from Friday last and will be continued for 5 days. The person of the families will be counted from the 2nd week of March and ended in the 2nd week of April, 2016.
On the other hand, in this census, the information of their livelihood, the place they came from, the reason of their coming and the size of the family will be collected and the exact figures of the Rohingyas can be collected through the census, said the spokesperson of International Organization for Migration (IOM), Munir.
Earlier in May of 2015, a project for ‘The Census of Unregistered Burmese Rohingya Nationals in Bangladesh 2015’ at the cost of 217 million taka was passed by the Planning Commissioner.