A total of 50 disaster tolerant houses for gypsy, third-gender community and the backward people of society are being constructed in Savar.
“The houses are being built in ‘Uttaran Palli’ at Khanjan Kathi area of Savar by the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina”, said Dr. Enamur Rahman, State Minister for disaster management and control.
Earlier, on October 8, Dr. Enamur Rahman MP, State minister for disaster management and control inaugurated the construction work of the project.
By visiting the project area, it was seen that around 50 construction workers were working from morning to evening to finish the project work faster.
Dr. Enamur Rahman said to Bangladesh Post, “At first the land of this project was allocated for gypsy and third-gender community. Later, we allocated money from one percent income of Savar Upazila Parishad and finally we have allocated these 50 houses for gypsy and third-gender after preparing the land, out of total 11,604-house construction project of disaster management and control ministry. The cost of construction of each house has been estimated at 2 lakhs and 58 thousand of taka.
“The Houses will provide 40 gypsy family and 10 third-gender family at the first phase of this project and there will also be constructed sanitary toilets, kitchen and balcony for every house. Also this project will have school, playing field including more things, which are necessary for living”, he added.
Dr. Enamur Rahman said, “The present Awami League government working to improve the fate of the country people. From our ministry, already we have taken initiatives to construct more 23 thousand houses across the country. For these houses, gypsy community, third-gender community and people with disabilities will have the priority.”
On the other hand, Habibbur Rahman, Deputy inspector general of Police (Admin),who has been working to improve the quality of life of the backward population, gypsy and third-gender community, told the Bangladesh Post, "We thank the government for the initiatives. He further said, “The gypsy people were hereditary address less. Therefore, it is definitely a big step of government to provide them with houses."
Hazi Abdul Gani, Meyor of Savar Municipality said, “It’s a big initiative of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and that no one will remain homeless. As part of this initiative, Disaster Management and control ministry allocated these houses between gypsy and third gender. We are really pleased to take such an initiative for them.”
Earlier, the government allocated three acres of government khas land at Khanjan Kathi area in Savar to ‘Uttaran foundation’, a non-government organization, which have been working to improve the quality of life of the backward population gypsy and third-gender community, for a long. Habibur Rahman, Deputy inspector general of police (Admin) is founder of the organization.