The Executive Committee of IDPs and Returnees: Action Plan will be Developed in order to Advance the Programs Better

The twenty-first meeting of the Executive Committee of IDPs and returnees was held at the Sepidar Palace to evaluate the results of the working groups, the way of action plans’ implementation and proposals of the Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan.

Minister of Refugees and Returnees, Sayed Hussain Alami Balkhi said the committee is working on policy development, action plans and working procedures to address the problems of refugees, returnees and displaced people in a transparent and orderly manner.

Minister of Refugees and Returnees on the result of leadership of the National Unity Government’s meeting with representatives of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan said they shared their demands and suggestions with the President and the Chief executive.

According to him, representatives of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan called on the National Unity Government to take action on trade, education as well as higher education, creating necessary facilities in the host country, distributing Tazkira, and providing a suitable field for returning refugees and distributing land to them.

During the meeting, implementation of the National Unity Government’s obligations to representatives of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan and their demands and suggestions were discussed.

Members of the working group of policy making for IDPs and returnees said the draft procedure for land distribution to returnees had been finalized, and the group is currently working on the operational plan of three months later.

At the meeting, they suggested that in order to advance the programs better, the role of monitoring and evaluation unit of the Executive Committee of the IDPs and returnees should be clarified so that work would be based on that. The way for implementation of the action plan was also discussed at the meeting.

The Ministry of Refugees and Returnees on the latest statistics anout IDPs and returnees in July said that 72,000 displaced persons had been called up for help this month, but 40,000 had been approved by the Ministry.

He added that out of these, 15,000 people had received assistance.

Mr. Balkhi added that in July of the current year, 16583 people with and without refugee ID cards from Pakistan and 35758 people from Iran returned to the country.

In the end, the Executive Committee of the IDPs and returnees decided that the procedure for distributing land to refugees and returnees be discussed at a special meeting the following week and the role of monitoring and evaluation unit be clarified.