OPERATION INSANIYAT. HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO BANGLADESH ON ACCOUNT OF INFLUX OF DISPLACED PERSONS. It would be recalled that the Government of India had launched ‘Operation Insaniyat’ in response to the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh on account of the recent influx of displaced persons from the Rakhine State in Myanmar.
The first tranche of relief materials was flown in to Chittagong by Indian Air Force heavy lift aircraft C-17 Globemaster-III in two sorties on 14 and 15 September 2017.
The aircraft delivered a total of 107 tons of relief material consisting of 9206 family packs. These were handed over to Mr.Obaidul Quader, MP, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Bridges by the High Commissioner of India. The relief material has since been handed over to District administration in Cox’s Bazar for distribution to the displaced persons.
A second tranche of relief supplies arrived this morning (28 September 2017) at Chittagong Port on board Indian Naval Ship GHARIAL. The relief material, comprising of 62,000 family packs, was handed over by the High Commissioner of India to Mr. Md Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong. Each 15-kilo family pack gifted by ‘the people of India’ has been specially configured to meet the essential requirements of a family of five to six members. The packs consist of rice, pulses, salt, sugar, cooking oil, tea,milk powder, biscuits as well as mosquito nets and soaps.
INS GHARIAL is a ‘Landing ship tank’ type of vessel designed for an amphibious operations role. The ship was indigenously manufactured at the Hindustan Shipyard, Vishakhapatnam in 1997. It can carry up to 6,600 tons of load. The ship has participated in a number of missions including humanitarian relief operations. The ship is commanded by Commander James Rebeira, a second generation officer hailing from Cochin, Kerala.
The total relief material comprising of 71,200 family packs has been planned to cater for all families who have recently been displaced from Myanmar. The Government of India continues to support and stand besides the Govt of Bangladesh in this hour of need.