BOGURA: Destitute mothers have been deprived of allowances due to reluctance of union parishad chairmen under Dhunot upazila in Bogura district.
Distressed women are not getting maternity allowance because of the delay in preparing final list of beneficiaries as the union parishad chairmen are not taking active roles in this regard, despite repeated calls made by the UNO.Meanwhile, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sanjay Kumar Mahanta has warned the UP chairmen of five unions of the upazila in a letter asking them to submit the final lists within two working days. According to the office of the Upazila Women's Affairs Officer, 500 women in ten unions of the upazila were to be given allowances from July 2020 under the 'Maternity Allowance for Poor Mothers' programme of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.
A list of 50 women was sought from the chairman of each union council. Everyone will be given 500 rupees per month. The listed women will withdraw money from their account number in the local Sonali Bank after every. They will get this allowance for three years. According to the rules, only poor and distressed pregnant mothers are eligible for the allowance.
UNO Sanjay Kumar also the Chairman of the Upazila Maternity Allowance Committee said that despite repeated calls to the UP chairmen; the final lists were not submitted, causing problems in the payment of allowances.