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All homeless to get homes, plans govt

WT24 Desk

The government has planned to rehabilitate the country’s some 2.80 lakh homeless families within the next three years, as the government moves fast to alleviate poverty, agencies report.

This was discussed at a review meeting recently on implementation, progress and future action plan of Ashrayan-2 Project, One House One Farm Project, Cluster Village project, Ghorey Fera  programme and Housing Fund Project under the Prime Minister’s Office. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.

The meeting was informed that some 10 lakh families remained landless in the country, sources close to the meeting said.

The Prime Minister was learned to have told the meeting that her government will ensure homes for all the country’s people during its current tenure.

They said officials concerned and project directors highlighted the present status and future plans of those projects to ensure homes for the rest of the homeless people in the country and thus alleviate poverty further.

Out of the 2.80 lakh homeless families, houses will be built for some 50,000 under the Cluster Village Project, while 20,000 will be rehabilitated through the Housing Fund Project and the rest 2.10 lakh under the Ashrayan-2 project, an official told UNB.

Analysing the One House One Farm Project’s progress till February 2016, the meeting was apprised that the number of its beneficiary families stood at 21,66,202 with the overall number of direct and indirect beneficiaries reaching 1.10 crore. Besides, the amount of net fund of the rural poor people under the project stood at Tk 2,692.05 crore of which Tk 2,610 crore has been invested so far in rural economy.

The project has also been able to set up some 21,81,800 smaller income-generating farms, raising the per family income under the project to Tk 10,921.

The meeting was also informed that 81,735 families have so far been rehabilitated from the Model Village-1, Model Village-2 and Cluster Village Project while income-generating activities are ongoing through the BRDB under the ongoing Cluster Village-2 project. Multipurpose halls are also being constructed at each cluster village with power connections and necessary maintenance work.

Besides, some 1,04,164.12 acres of khas land have been allotted against some 2,03,347 landless families from 2009 to 2015.

As of February 2016, the Housing Fund has disbursed some Tk 213.62 crore credit against the NGOs under which some 64,169 houses have been built raising the overall number of beneficiaries to 3,20,845.

The meeting was also informed that a process is underway for enlisting some 102 more NGOs to bring dynamism in the ongoing housing credit disbursement operations of the Housing Fund as Tk 41 crore would be allocated against these NGOs.

Another plan is also there to build some 5,000 small flats for the underprivileged tea workers as the Ministry of Social Welfare has already been requested to initiate works in this regard.

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