Apart from providing compensation, the government has taken an initiative to improve the livelihood of the vulnerable people affected by Padma Bridge Rail Link Project (PBRLP) under the scheme’s rehabilitation process.
As part of the initiative, these vulnerable people affected by the first phase of PBRLP from Dhaka to Bhanga are being imparted income generating trainings on different subjects.Development Organisation of the Rural Poor (DORP), an NGO, is assisting Bangladesh Railway and Construction Supervision Consultant (CSC) of Bangladesh Army in providing the training.
Training is being imparted for 18 days on 15 subjects including cattle and goat rearing, welding, electric or electronic equipment repairing, mobile servicing, solar panel installing and fixing, basic computer, repairing agro machinery, sewing, vehicle repairing and driving, among others.
The programme started at Sreenagar Upazila of Munshiganj recently with 550 people undergoing training, says a press release.
Deputy Director of Bangladesh Railway Md Mohabbatjan Chowdhury, DORP’s resettlement coordinating consultant retired major ABM Aminul Islam and director of DORP Technical Training Institute Dr Md Mizanur Rahman addressed the inaugural event of the training programme chaired by Bangladesh Railway’s chief resettlement officer Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman.
Different district and upazila level government officials attended the training programme as resource persons or as monitors of the initiative.
So far, Sreenagar upazila nirbahi officer Rahima Akter, upazila livestock officer Dr Hasina Nargis, upazila social welfare officer Mahfuza Parvin Chowdhury, upazila women affairs officer Gul Raushan Ferdous, upazila assistant livestock officer Dr Apu Raihan, mechanic Nasir Uddin, beautician Liza Aktar and fashion designer Jasmine Akter joined the training programme as resource persons.