The government is going to build 30,000 houses for insolvent freedom fighters and the family members of martyred and deceased war heroes to uplift their socio-economic condition.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) gave the nod to a Tk 41.23 billion project of the Liberation War affairs ministry in this regard on Tuesday.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Ecnec Chairperson, chaired the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban. Other members of the committee joined the meeting from the NEC conference room in the capital.
The initiative comes at a time when Bangladesh is going to celebrate 50 years of independence on March 26 this year.
In its three consecutive terms since 2009, The Awami League-led government has taken several initiatives to honour war heroes and increase their social dignity, including raising monthly allowances and other facilities.
The new houses named ‘Bir Nibash’ will be constructed in 64 districts of eight divisions including in upazilas and cities, Planning Division Secretary Mohammad Jainul Bari informed at a post-meeting press briefing.
It will be “a gift from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina” on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country’s independence, he noted.
The Ecnec meeting approved a total of six projects, three new and three revised, involving a total of Tk 56.20 billion, Jainul Bari informed.Of the total project cost, Tk 55.20 billion will come from the state coffer, Tk 575.2 billion as project assistance and Tk 420.7 billion from an implementing organization’s own fund, he added. The ministry of Liberation War Affairs and the concerned Deputy Commissioner (DC) offices and the UNO offices will implement the project for the freedom fighters.
Once implemented, the project will help uplift the social status and improve the economic condition of the insolvent freedom fighters, Birangonas, and widows and children of the martyred and late freedom fighters, according to the planning commission.
Planning Commission Member Mamun-Al-Rashid added that most of the houses would be built on the own lands of the freedom fighters.
The concerned district and upazila administrations would arrange khas land for building such homes for the freedom fighters who don’t have their own land, he informed.