Rohingya face hardship to build house in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The Rohingya community from Maungdaw are facing hardship to build or repair their old damaged house for framing of law from authorities with verbal order, according to Dillu, from Maungdaw.The authorities –Township administration office, land survey office and tax and revenue office- where the Rohingya has to approach the land survey office to certify the land –the house built- as household land not for farming with form 105 with map and permission form 106, the Rohingya had to pay more than 200,000 kyat, The official rate is only less than 100 kyat, Dilu said.

With form 105 and 106, the Rohingya has to attach the family list together village admin officer recommendation to Township administration office to get the permission, Dilu, more added.

The Rohingya had to pay around 50,000 kyat to village admin office and pay more than 300,000- 10,00,000 kyat to Township admin office depending the style of house,  The bamboo house – 200,000 kyats, wooden house -500,000 kyat and concrete house -10,000,000kyat, said Annu from Maungdaw.

Then, the Tax and revenue office checked the Rohingya income and it is dutiable or not. The money come from and the office again charge Rohingya for building 200,000kyat where the official rate is only for 30% and 70 % goes to officer, Annu said.

This is only to build their old house to new as repairing, not allow Rohingya to build new home which has no family list and household land, Annu more added.

The authority used their verbal order not official order. It is a plan which made the Rohingya homeless and the house will be just shack  – not building or good look building- to make the Rohingya enter the area illegal and living as a temporally, said Halim, a Human Rights Watchdog from Maungdaw.

The authority are plying with Rohingya to extort money from them giving verbal order. It is no need for Rakhine community to process the permission like this and no need to pay huge amount of money, Halim said.

According to the sources, two Rohingya villagers from Khonza bill (Village) had received permission from Maungdaw Township admin office after giving 250,000 and 500,000 kyat. Ajida who lost her home for blaze and Syed Alam whose home was damaged. They need to process all the steps to get permission.

Most of the Rohingya community willing to repair their houses, but they are not able to get permission from authority as they can’t effort to fulfil the official demand. If the Rohingya whose houses were damaged and not repair in the summer season, they will face problem in the forthcoming raining season, said Abdullah, an elder from Maungdaw

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