Roadmap to end homelessness

22 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

After the country’s independence, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first took the initiative to rehabilitate the landless, homeless and destitute people. After assuming office of the Prime Minister for the first time in 1996, Sheikh Hasina – the worthy daughter of Bangabandhu – followed his footstep by undertaking projects for the cyclone affected population. Like father like daughter is an apt phrase to describe this people oriented father and daughter duo.

We feel that if Bangabandhu had been alive to run the country for a little while longer, then perhaps long before now the country would have become free from poverty and homelessness. But, as the saying goes, it is better late than never. Thus, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has undertaken the noble initiative to rehabilitate all the homeless and destitute in the country within the Mujib Borsho – the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.

As per the plan to provide housing to the poor and destitute, the government has prepared a list of nearly nine lakh families in 2020 to provide them with houses during the Mujib Borsho. Besides, the government has been running the biggest-ever modern shelter project in Cox’s Bazar to rehabilitate the climate victims under the ‘Khurushkul Bishesh Ashrayan Prakalpa-2’. The project, implemented on 253.59 acres of land at a cost of Tk 1800.39 crore, has four specific zones, featuring an exquisite tower named after Sheikh Hasina along with tourist sites, playgrounds and ponds. It is one of the biggest projects for the climate refugees in the world.

The government initiated the Ashrayan project to rehabilitate 3,715 families by constructing 743 barracks under 44 project villages in 36 Upazilas of 21 districts during the Mujib Borsho.  The project was a gift for the climate refugees, who were forced to flee due to sudden or gradual alterations in the natural environment.

It is a people oriented leader who can think ahead about the global climate crisis in the offing and lead her government to undertake large people-friendly projects to see the light of day. We hope that soon all the destitute and homeless people in the country will have their own home and livelihood.