Tk 5.74bn allocated for the poor

Staff Correspondent

26 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has so far allocated over Tk 5.74 billion as humanitarian support for the jobless people amid the second wave of Covid-19, which will benefit 12.4 million families.

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said this while briefing reporters on relief allocation and distribution at the secretariat on Sunday.

“The government provided huge food and financial support to the people who became jobless during the pandemic last year,” the minister said.

Similarly, Tk 5.74 billion has been given as humanitarian aid to the jobless people in line with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s directive, he informed.

“Disaster Management and Relief Ministry has recently allocated all the city corporations more money for purchasing baby food, which will benefit 12.4 million families,” he pointed out.

Of the allocated money, Tk 4.72 billion will be channelled through VGF and Tk 1.21 billion is GR cash, the minister informed, adding that large city corporations received Tk 5.7 million each and smaller ones Tk 3.2 million each for this.

Municipalities and union parishads also received the government’s relief money. Besides, Tk 2-3 lakh is always set aside for district commissioners to fight corona and other natural disasters, he noted. 

The PM has announced Tk 105 million financial support for jobless people from which 35 lakh marginal families will get Tk 2,500 each support through mobile banking.

Moreover, one lakh farmer families affected by hit shock will get Tk 5,000 each, he said. 

The minister informed that the government has purchased packaged food worth Tk 75 million for the marginal people affected by natural calamities. Each packet includes rice, pulses, edible oil, salt, sugar, noodles and other food items.

Every packet will carry 17kg food items including 10kg rice, which can help a family for nearly a week, he hoped.

He said they will purchase foods worth Tk 100 million for relief, while corrugated tin of Tk 400 million will be procured for natural disaster-hit people. 

The government has allocated Tk 9.73 billion as an instalment for Test Relief and Food for Work campaign,          

which will also help the jobless people as they are active now. 

In reply to a question whether the allocation for city corporations is enough, he said the money is not enough but they asked the Mayors to send their demands as the prime minister has directed for paying special attention to urban areas because the number of jobless people is higher in those areas.

He also said by dialling 333’ hotline number, helpless people can request food support.

In reply to another question, the minister said there is no food deficit in the country now.  Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Md Mohshin was also present at the press briefing.