During her visit she promised 10 million Taka to renovate the Buddhist temples and monasteries in the region.
When Zia visited the Arakanese villages she met with the local Arakanese people to discuss the difficulties that the Arakanese minority is facing.
The PM also visited the Sri Mangla
Monastery, which was built in 1926. It was the Arakanese
Ziaís visit is the first of a Bangladeshi Prime Minister to an Arakanese village since independence 33 year ago.
According to a government publication in 1947-48, there were 5,190 households consisting of about 100,000 Arakanese in the region, but currently there are only about 515 households with 10,000 Arakanese.
The current governmentís conviction is that the Arakanese fled the region because of the acute poverty and underdevelopment. Hence, it aims to provide development for the region.
By renovating these old Buddhist Monasteries and Pagodas and making the beaches accessible, the region will attract foreign tourists and this will be beneficial for the regionís economy, said Prime Minister Zia at a public rally.
Awakyan region is 300 miles south
west of the capital
When the Burmese king Bo Daw Phara invaded Arakan in 1784,
hundreds of thousands of Arakanese people fled from Kyaukphyu, Rambree, and Man
Aung in Arakan across the sea and settled in this region of
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