New RRRC assumes office in Cox’s Bazar

Shah Rezwan Hayat, joint secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, replaces Mahbub Alam Talukder

Newly-appointed Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Shah Rezwan Hayat assumed the office based in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.

“Yes, the new RRRC started office yesterday [Sunday],” Additional RRRC Mohammad Shamsu Douza told Dhaka Tribune on Monday.

Hayat, a joint secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, has replaced Mahbub Alam Talukder in the top government position on the ground with respect to the protracted Rohingya crisis.

After a little over a year in the job, Talukder was transferred to the Planning Division in the third week of last month.

The office of RRRC was established in 1992 following the arrival of an estimated 250,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled across the border into Bangladesh, from the Rakhine state in Myanmar.

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Under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, the RRRC is the governing body responsible for the provision of humanitarian assistance for Rohingyas in Bangladesh, with the support of the United Nations and the international community