Ashrayan Project

Govt scrutinising irregularities

11 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government is examining on a case-by-case basis the alleged irregularities and flaws in building houses under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s dream Asrayan Project of providing free homes to the landless and homeless people.

“We will attend each and every case properly, nothing will leave unattended,” project director M Mahbub Hossain told journalists after on-the-spot inspection of a project site at Burigari Khanpur of Sherpur upazila under Bogura district on Saturday, reports UNB.

He said that there might be unintentional flaws while implementing any project. “We are looking into the matter, the allegations that came in the media …. whether those were intentional or unintentional,” he said.  Noting that the landless and homeless families are getting free houses and lands under the Ashrayan-2 project, he said it is Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s “model for inclusive development.”

He said that the upazila administration and public representatives worked together for this gigantic task to provide 118,380 houses (to landless and homeless families) during this corona period. The PMO has initiated the inspection as some newly constructed houses were damaged with the advent of monsoon and news of alleged irregularities in some places surfaced.

In two phases the government this year has provided some 118,380  two-room tin-shed pucca houses to the landless and homeless families as gifts of the prime minister marking the Mujib Year. It also has a plan to provide one lakh more houses to homeless families under the Ashrayan-3 project that is run by the PMO in the Mujib Year.

Responding to a question, he said that already five teams are out to inspect the alleged irregularities or flaws in different parts of the country.

“We are finding out the problems and taking steps accordingly,” he said. The project director mentioned that from the Prime Minister Office directives have already been given to form technical committees in respective District Administration and Upazila Administration.

“Through these committees every damaged house will be inspected for immediate repair,” he added.

Regarding the partially-damaged seven houses in Burigari Khanpur, Mahbub Hossain said that 22 houses were built here beside a canal and of them toilets and kitchens of seven houses were damaged due to a landslide in heavy rain.