People of Tungipara and Kotalipara in Gopalganj rejoiced relief items funded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana.
Hailing from Patgati village of Tungipara upazila, 70-year old woman Amola Sarker received relief and rejoiced. She lost her husband many years ago. As Amola’s daughter got married, she is struggling for survival alone.
Similar reaction was made by Patgati easy-bike driver Shahidul Islam.
“I along with family members were starving amid the pandemic and lockdown. I received relief from in front of Tungipara upazila parishad area. This relief is of great help to us,” he opined.
The three-day relief distribution was organised marking the 91st anniversary of birth of Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib.
Many people of two upazilas under Gopalganj have bearing the brunt of corona pandemic. The countrywide lockdown has aggravated the situation forcing many people unemployed and ultra-poor.
Against the backdrop, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana have stood beside the poor and destitute.
The recipients of the relief items expressed happiness and prayed for welfare of the prime minister, her sister and other family members.
They said the rice and other essential items in the relief package will be of great help to them for keeping body and soul together for several days amid pandemic.
As many as 4,000 bags of relief funded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were distributed in Kotalipara in last three days. The items include 10kg rice, 2kg oil, and 2kg potatoes. People of 11 union parishads and one municipality received the relief.
Similarly, poverty-stricken people in various parts of Tungipara received relief sent by the prime minister and her sister.
Kotalipara Awami League president Bhabendranath Biswas, general secretary Sheikh Ainal Hossain, municipality mayor Kamal Hossain Sheikh, Ramshil union Awami League president Shyamol Kanti Biswas, Ramshil union parishad chairman Khokon Bala, and Hiron union parishad Golam Kibria were present, among others.