Safety net widens amid pandemic

5m families received cash support
Cent per cent old-age allowance launched in 112 upazilas
12 schools for differently-abled persons brought under MPO

Jannatul Islam

1 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has widened the social safety net coverage during the coronavirus pandemic in addition to bringing innovations in service delivery as beneficiaries received allowance through mobile banking services. 

Talking to the Daily Sun, State Minister Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru said the full coverage of old-age allowance in 112 upazilas has been one of the most significant achievements of the social safety net programmes in 2020.

Udder digital monitoring system, allowances are now transferred directly to beneficiaries through bank and mobile banking accounts, which reduced the hassle of the beneficiaries.

The state minister also said the government has focused on empowering the underprivileged people through ensuring access to education.

“This year, we brought 12 specialised schools for differently-abled persons under monthly pay order (MPO) facility. Some 100 physiotherapy centres have been set up for ensuring sound health for the people with special needs. We had chalked out befitting programme marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation. However, the corona pandemic affected the progress to some extent,” he explained.

Under the special initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government provided one-time cash support of Tk 2500 to 5 million low-income families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Marking the MujibYear, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation, the government has taken a special programme to ensure quality accommodation and to improve livelihoods of the workers of tea gardens.

According to official data, some 10,000 transgenders, gipsy and other underprivileged communities received support from the government to keep the life and livelihoods sustainable as per the direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The state minister further mentioned that the government has distributed ‘smart cane’ among visually impaired people to empower them in movement using digital tools.

Smart Cane, an electrical engineering design project, equipped with ultrasonic sensor and radio frequency identification technology to support easier navigation for the visually impaired people.