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Youths urge government to increase allocation in WASH sector

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4th July, 2022 04:04:02 PM
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Youths have urged the government to increase money allocation in WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) sector of the country in a bid to ensure good health of people and to save lives from diseases.

They came up with the urge while speaking at a discussion titled ‘Budget and integrity in getting safe water, according to youth" held at DORP head quarters in the capital on Sunday.

Mohammad Zobair Hassan, deputy executive director of the DORP (Development Organisation of the Rural Poor) chaired the programme.

The discussion was addressed, among others by DORP Youth Forum members Jinat Hasan Raka, Kazi Sanzida, Ratri, Bela and Sumona Khan.

The youths said in the national budget for 2022-23, the allocation for water, sanitation and hygiene sector is lower than the country’s demand.

As a result, they feared that it will be delayed to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Mentioning that there is some positive trend in the new budget including reducing the regional difference, the youths said the allocation has increased a little bit in Haor and hill tracts areas.

If integrity is practiced in the budget then proper distribution of allocation will be reflected in the WASH sector.

Zobair Hassan said WASH ADP allocation has increased by 5.44 percent as compared to 6.5 percent increase in overall ADP.

He said there is no alternative to the practice of integrity to ensure proper distribution of funds allocated to eliminate regional inequality in the Wash ADP.