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As part of the government’s policy to empower women, each of 10.40 lakh distressed and destitute women across the country are receiving 30 kilograms of nutritious rice per month under the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme.
“We are providing skill development training to extreme poor women across the country,” Secretary of Women and Children Affairs Ministry Kamrun Nahar the state news agency on Thursday.
She said the ministry had distributed 30 kg nutritious rice to each of 25 lakh distressed women across the country for two years from 2014-15 to June 2018 financial year.
According to the ministry information, the government is providing maternity allowance to 7,00,000 poor mothers under a three-year programme and each month a mother is getting Taka 800.
Under the programme, the government provided 30 kg of package food (rice) along with training service (training, savings and loan) to extreme poor women.
“We are disbursing maternity allowance to each beneficiary through the Government to Person system and bank accounts as part of digital Bangladesh concept,” the secretary said.
The ministry information said that 2.5 lakh beneficiary mothers are getting Taka 800 per month from 2018-19 financial year, while 2,80,350 beneficiary mothers received Taka 500 each month from 2014-15 to June 2018 under ‘Working Lactating Mother Assistance Fund Programme’ across the country.
The programme is being implemented in all the city corporations, district and upazila headquarters and municipalities. Apart from this, the government is imparting training on individual health and neat and cleanliness, maternal and child health, women empowerment, disaster and risk management, HIV and AIDS, it said.
Kamrun Nahar said, “The present government extended the VGD, maternity allowance for poor mothers, working lactating mother assistance fund programme to bring the extreme poor under the sustainable development.”
Besides, the government is also providing income generating trainings including farming of local chickens and ducks, local cows and goats and cultivating vegetables to distressed and destitute women to make them self-reliant.