YANGON, June 4 (Xinhua) -- The Myanmar government is considering closure of the remaining internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the country under a strategic plan, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.
There has been more than 140 IDP camps in Myanmar, with a total population of more than 160,000 in 15 towns in four states of the country.
Three IDP camps in the western Rakhine state, set up in 2012, have been closed and three others are to be closed.
The camps in three other states will be shut down as efforts are being made to ensure the IDP's access to education and healthcare, free movement under law and and their participation in the nation's economic development.
An advisory Commission, led by former UN chief Kofi Annan, recommended in its report closure of the IDP camps, and practical measures necessary to achieve development for all communities in Rakhine state.
The government has worked to close the IDP camps since May 2016, with a Central Committee for Implementation of Peace, Stability and Development in Rakhine state supervizing the process.
The Myanmar people, who were displaced due to social unrest, violence and armed conflicts as well as natural disasters, stay in the IDP camps with adverse conditions.