The number of homeless people in the country is now 2.81 lakh while that of landless 10.69 lakh, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif told Parliament on Tuesday, reports UNB.
"Now the number of landless people is 10,69,264, while that of homeless is 2,80,634 in the country," he said.
The minister was responding to an unstarred (written) question from Awami League MP Nizam Uddin Hazari (Feni-2).
The minister said the total Khas land in the country is now 41,21,775.20 acres. Of the Khas land, some 20,51,748.55 acres are arable one and 20,70,026.65 acres non-arable one, he added.
Khas lands are allocated among landless poor people as they are rehabilitated through setting up of cluster villages and housing projects, he said.
Sherif said the government has a target to allocate Khas lands among 50,000 landless families in the current fiscal year.
Besides, Khas lands are allocated among 48 landless families in every upazila as per the Agricultural Khas Land Management and Settlement Policy 1997, the minister told the House.