Wednesday, 25 May, 2022
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Eid passion prevails in char areas of Rangpur region

Overcoming the two-year long stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic, char people are preparing to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr amid festivity and passion in riverine char areas of Rangpur region.
 
Officials, development experts and public representatives said char people have come out of the Covid-19 pandemic strains with various initiatives of the government, including the social safety net programs.
 
They are now engaged in diverse income generating and daily normal activities like before the outbreak of the pandemic.
 
Even around 13 years ago, char people had to live in untold miseries and struggle for survival for lack of job and employment as the vicious cycle of poverty gripped their fortunes.
 
Besides, social curses like child marriage, dowry and repression on women and superstitions along with malnutrition and lack of pure drinking water and hygienic sanitation had made their life miserable.
 
"With effective interventions of the government, char people have improved livelihoods and eradicated social curses," said Chairman of Rangpur-based research organisation 'Northbengal Institute of Development Studies' Dr. Syed Samsuzzaman.
 
A considerable transformational change has taken place in socioeconomic conditions of char people following implementation of the government's massive social safety-net and other programs and developments by other organisations.
 
"Despite the tough situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, massive government interventions helped them in turning around again. Most of them are busy in purchasing clothes and other Eid items to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity," he said.
 
Chairman of Laksmitari union in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur Abdullah Al Hadi said many char people living on the Teesta riverbed in the union are purchasing clothes and other Eid items for family members after overcoming the Covid-19 stresses.
 
"It has become possible following economic progress of char people as a result of successful implementation of massive social safety-net and other programs of the government in the last 13 years," Hadi added.
 
Chairman of Astomirchar union in Chilmari upazila of Kurigram Sohrab Hossain said char people are preparing now to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity following their socioeconomic development.
 
Chilmari upazila chairman and heroic freedom fighter Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram, said thousands of people living in char villages of Rangpur region are preparing to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity after winning the vicious cycle of poverty.
 
"Successfully overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic shock, the char people are purchasing Eid clothes and other items at Chilmari Bazar and other markets to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity," Shawkat added.
 
Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said char people have overcome the Covid-19 pandemic strain and are purchasing clothes and other goods to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity.
 
"Many char people have changed their fortunes through various income generating activities with assistance of the government, NGOs and donor agencies in the last 13 years," Rashid added.
 
Editor of the Weekly Juger Khabar published from Chilmari in Kurigram SM Nurul Amin Sarkar said "An Eid fervor is prevailing in riverine char areas where people are preparing to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr in a festive mood."
 
Char people Anwar Hossain and Kobiza Begum of village Paschim Mohipur in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur said they have already purchased Eid clothes and other items for their family members to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity.
 
"With various assistance from the government and NGOs, we have achieved self-reliance through animal husbandry, poultry, dairy, homestead gardening and other agri-activities in the last 13 years," said Mahbub Alam of the same village.