Ensuring civic facilities in villages

24 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Turning every village into a township was one of the election pledges of the ruling Awami League (AL) back in 2018. Three years have passed after the general election, but the AL government did not shrink back even an inch from its polls promises. It is relentlessly working to fulfill all of its polls pledges. Okaying of piped water project for rural Gopalganj in a meeting of the ECNEC is a glaring example of the government's firm commitment to keep true to its polls pledges.

The government has approved the Tk2.61billion project to help improve access to safe piped water and sanitation services in the far flung localities of Gopalganj, the ancestral district of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. By providing better access to water and sanitation facilities, the project will protect the villagers from infectious disease outbreaks. Moreover, it will address the urgent health needs during the Covid-19 pandemic in an effective manner. The government's timely initiative will help reduce diarrhoeal diseases, improve nutrition and health in the rural neighbourhood. Not only these, but the project will also help address the perennial arsenic, saline and iron problem prevailing in the underdeveloped locality. It will specially benefit those in the vulnerable groups.  So, it can be said that the piped water project has brought a new hope for the people of Gopalganj.

However, it is true that the country has made remarkable progress in providing access to basic water supply to its population and end open-defecation. But, the quality of water and sanitation and the link between safe water and sanitation and human capital development still remains a challenge. To meet the challenge, similar project should be extended fast to all other backward villages of the country so that it can benefit scores of their hapless population. However, not only water and sanitation facilities, but the government is pledge-bound to bring all civic facilities of towns to the doorsteps of rural population. So, it is an earnest hope of the rural people that the government would ceaselessly carry on its welfare-oriented activities in a bid to reduce poverty from the villages.