Burma Times Correspondent: July 13, 2015
Lawaka officials entered Sidhar fara in Maungdaw on Wednesday afternoon.
They asked Rohingya Muslims in the area to accept the green card as it would mean an end to all their troubles.
An official told the Rohingyas that the government was saddened by the sufferings of the Muslims and has thus devised the green card scheme for them.
The green card is given to foreigners naturalised by the state. Rohingyas however claim they are indigenous to Arakan.
Rohingyas told the Lawaka men that there was a checkpoint every kilometer to prevent them from moving. They expressed fears that things will not change even with the green card.
The Lawaka men however claimed once they accepted the green card, the movement restrictions will be over.
Under the laws of Arakan state, Rohingya Muslims are forbidden from moving from one area to another unless authorised by local authorities. Movement restrictions have greatly limited livelihood options for Rohingyas and created near starvation conditions in many neighbourhoods.