Helping the homeless; PM shows how to do it


22nd January, 2021 05:46:21 printer

Helping the homeless; PM shows how to do it

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the distribution of houses among 66,189 landless and homeless families across the country under the Ashrayan-2 Project on Saturday.

According to sources at the PMO, the Prime Minister will join the inauguration programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban at 10:30am.

This would be the part of government’s initiative to provide houses to all the landless and homeless families on the occasion of “Mujib Borsho” as the Prime Minister several times mentioned that no one in the country will remain homeless.

The government has constructed 66,189 houses spending Tk 1,168 crore for the homeless and landless families, a move the world sees for the first time, according to the PMO sources.

They said each unit has two rooms, one kitchen, one toilet and a veranda involving Tk 1.75 lakh.  Another 1 lakh houses will be distributed among such people next month, they added.

Besides, the Ashrayan Project, under the PMO, will rehabilitate 3,715 families by constructing 743 barracks under 44 project villages in 36 upazilas of 21 districts during the Mujib Borsho.

It has prepared a list of 8,85,622 families in 2020, of which 2,93,361 are landless and homeless ones while 5,92,261 have just 1-10 decimals of land but no housing facility.

The Ashrayan Project also rehabilitated 3,20,058 landless and homeless families from 1997 to December 2020.

The Ashran-2 Project (July 2010-June 2022) has a target to rehabilitate 2,50,000 more landless, homeless and displaced families spending Tk 4,840.28 crore.

It has, so far, rehabilitated 1,92,277 landless and homeless families across the country from July 2010 to June 2019. 

A total of 48,500 landless and homeless families have been rehabilitated in barracks while 1,43,777 having own land (1-10 decimals but unable to construct houses) in semi-barracks, corrugated iron-sheet barracks and specially designed houses.