RANGPUR: Char people are now preparing to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr festivity as an Eid fever prevails in char villages of Rangpur region following their improved living standard, reports BSS.
Even a decade ago, char people of all five districts of Rangpur region had to live in untold miseries and struggle for survival for lack of job and employment.Besides, social curses like child marriage, dowry and repression on women along with malnutrition and lack of pure drinking water and hygienic sanitation had made their life miserable.
Officials, experts and public representatives said char people have come out of vicious cycle of poverty with assistance of the government and NGOs in last ten years to lead better life.
“An Eid excitement has gripped char people following massive government and NGO interventions improving their living standard,” said Chairman of Rangpur-based research organisation ‘Northbengal Institute of Development Studies’ Dr Syed Samsuzzaman.
A considerable change took place in socioeconomic conditions of char people following implementation of the government’s massive social safety-net and other programmes and developments by other organisations.
“Many char people have achieved self-reliance with GO-NGO assistance and are busy in purchasing clothes and other Eid items to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity which was unimaginable for them even a decade ago,” Dr Samsuzzaman added.
Chairman of Nohali union in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur Abul Kalam Azad Titul said many char people living on the Teesta riverbed in the union are purchasing clothes and other Eid items for their family members.“It has become possible for char people following their economic progress as a result of successful implementation of massive social safety-net and other programmes of the government in last ten years,” Titul added. Chairman of Chilmari Sadar union Boytul Haque Mandal in Kurigram said many char people are preparing to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity following their socioeconomic development.
Chilmari upazila chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram, said thousands of people living in over 200 char villages in Rangpur region are now preparing to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity after winning vicious cycle of poverty. “Char people are excited to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity following successful implementation of various effective programmes by the present government in last ten years improving their socioeconomic conditions,” Sarker added.
“Many char people are purchasing Eid clothes and other item at Chilmari Bazar and different markets of Kurigram district town to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity,” he said.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, Md. Mamunur Rashid said char people are purchasing clothes and other goods to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity.
“Many char people have changed their fortune through various income generating activities getting government assistance under massive social safety-net programmes, NGOs and donor agencies in last ten years,” Rashid added.
Editor of the Weekly Juger Khabar, published from Chilmari in Kurigram, SM Nurul Amin Sarkar said “An Eid fever is prevailing in char areas where people are preparing to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr, though their days were miserable a decade ago.”
Char people Abdur Razzaque, Mahbub Alam and Morsheda Khatun of village Paschim Mohipur in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur said they already purchased Eid clothes and other items for their family members to celebrate the Eid festivity.
“With various assistance of the government and NGOs, we have achieved self-reliance through animal husbandry, poultry, dairy, homestead gardening and other agri-activities in last ten years to celebrate the Eid festivity,” said Kochhim Uddin of the village.
Talking to BSS, Divisional Director (Local Government) Md. Zakir Hossain said the government’s massive social safety-net activities played key role in cutting poverty from char villages as elsewhere in Rangpur region.
“As a result of their continuous progress, char people are leading improved life by achieving self-reliance and celebrating all festivities like Eid-ul-Fitr like those in mainland,” Hossain added.