53,340 more homeless families to get houses this month

Staff Correspondent

10 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the distribution programme of 53,340 more houses among the landless and homeless families in the country on June 20.

As part of the government’s programme to bring all landless and homeless families under housing facility, these houses have been constructed. “The construction of the houses is at final stage. Honorable Prime Minister will hand over those on June 20 under the second phase of the Asrayan-2 Prakalpa," Project Director Md Mahbub Hossain said after visiting the houses at Teota union of Shibaloy upazila in the district.

Shibaloy UNO Jesmin Sultana said a total of 36 houses are ready to be handed over among the homeless people.

Manikganj Deputy Commissioner SM Ferdous, Prime Minister's Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher, Shibaloy Upazila Chairman Bir Muktijoddha Rezaur Rahman Khan and Nirbahi Officer Jesmine Sultana were present on the occasion. 

Noting that each house has been built at cost of Tk200,000, Mahbub said, each house recipient in plain land will get Taka 5,000 and in the hill and haor areas will get Taka 7,000 for shifting their belongings to new home.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over 69,904 houses to the homeless and landless families on January 23 under the first phase of the project on the occasion of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

Under the first phase of Ashrayan Project 3,715 families have been rehabilitated  by constructing 743 barracks at 36 upazilas in 21 districts during the Mujib Borsho, the project director said.

Since 1997 the Ashrayan Project has rehabilitated about 475,000 families while 320,058 landless and homeless families were rehabilitated till December 2020, he said.

Mahbub said the Ashran-2 project (July 2010-June 2022) has a target to rehabilitate 250,000 landless, homeless and displaced families at a cost of Taka 4,840.28 crore.

He said the government also constructed 20 five-storey buildings at Khurushkul in Cox’s Bazar for 600 families as a special gift by the Prime Minister.

Armed Forces Division is also implementing more 119 multi-storey buildings in this regard, he also said.

Mahbub said the activities of the project will be accelerated further in the future to alleviate poverty for fulfilling the ‘Vision 2021’ and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.