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PM’s gift to homeless, landless people

Nearly nine lakh to get pucca houses

Published : 30 Sep 2020 10:14 PM | Updated : 01 Oct 2020 08:41 AM

As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s gift, marking ‘Mujib Year”, a total of 8 lakh 82 thousand and 33 homeless people are going to get pucca houses.

People are still landless and homeless due to river erosion in our country. Not a single person in Bangladesh will be homeless.

The government is building pucca houses for homeless and landless families all over the country. This initiative has been taken at the initiative of the Prime Minister that 'no person will be homeless in Bangladesh in the Mujib Year'.

Md Mohsin, Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief told Bangladesh Post, At the directive of the Prime Minister, we have decided to build a complete pucca house for 8,82,033 homeless and landless families across the country.

“Firstly we are going to build 59,803 pucca houses for the homeless and landless families this week at a cost of Tk 1 thousand 22 crore 62 lakh. The probable cost of construction of each house has been estimated at 1 lakh 71 thousand taka.”

“The number of landless families is 2 lakh 92 thousand 283 and the number of homeless with land is 5 lakh 89 thousand 750. For a pucca house the beneficiary will not have to spend any money,” he said.

The Secretary added, “The project will be implemented with the beneficiaries of the Ashrayan-2 project of the Prime Minister's Office, the cluster village of the land ministry and the disaster tolerant housing project of the relief ministry. This will be the special gift of the Prime Minister in the Mujib Year, the centenary of the birth of the Father of the Nation.”

Md Mohsin said, “The Prime Minister's Office has already finalized the list of beneficiaries. We are going to implement this programme in phases quickly.”

This year, the Prime Minister said at a discussion organized by the Awami League marking the historic March 7, No person in Bangladesh will be landless or homeless in the Mujib Year. We are thinking of many programmes to celebrate Mujib Year. The Father of the Nation said that the people of Bangladesh should get food, clothes and shelter. His dream was that not a single person would be homeless. For this he undertook the Guchhgram Project.”

In July 2018, the government declared the year 2020-21 as ‘Mujib Year’ to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.

It is learned that at an informal cabinet meeting on March 2, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed to take up the programme of Mujib Year in coordination with the Central Committee to celebrate the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation. She directed the ministries and departments to take up programmes with their own budgets that could contribute to the welfare of the people and development of the country.

After that, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief proposed that the project of providing disaster tolerant houses for the extremely poor could be announced as a programme on the occasion of Mujib Year.

Their goal was to build a total of 68,038 pucca houses, for each village. It was finalized at an inter-ministerial meeting on March 3 with officials from the Prime Minister's Office’s Ashrayan Project-2 and Guchhagram Project considering the disaster ministry's proposal.

It was informed that there are 8 lakh 82 thousand 33 homeless families in the country. These families will be given permanent houses. This one-storey, two-bed house will have a drawing room, veranda, toilet, kitchen and a family living quarter.

In this regard, at a virtual meeting organized by the United Kingdom Awami League on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's 74th birthday on Monday, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said If we can follow the directives of the Prime Minister, we will be able to build Bangladesh as a developed, prosperous and stable country by 2041.

AK Abdul Momen said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the biggest grassroots leader in the country. In the year of Mujib, the Prime Minister has announced that no one will be homeless in Bangladesh. And this is one of the goals of our Mujib Year.