Bashundhara Group, the largest business conglomerate of the country, distributed relief among 6,000 distressed families in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district on Saturday.
The relief was distributed in Rupganj union, Daudpur union and Kanchan municipality at the initiative of Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In Daudpur, relief items brought happiness to insolvent, elderly and physically challenged people whose poverty and sufferings have intensified amid the pandemic.
One of the recipients is rickshaw-puller Afzal Hossain. Aged 70, he is not capable of taking the burden of family members.
Acknowledging the magnanimity of Bashundhara Group, he said the largest business conglomerate always stands by the poor and destitute during tough time. “Bashundhara Group always stands by us whenever we’re hit hard by famine and starvation. When we were suffering from food shortage at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, the group extended its help to us,” he said. Afzal Hossain also observed that he is unable to meet the demand of his six-member family with limited income.
He lauded Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir for arranging the relief for the distressed people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Daudpur union parishad Chairman Nurul Islam Jahangir, Bangladesh Hawkers League Joint Secretary Kamal Hossain, district Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Organising Secretary Ashiqul Islam Khokon, panel Chairman Abdur Razzak, Ainal Hossain and Monir Hossain were present on the occasion.
After receiving the relief, Jahura Begum, a destitute woman, said, “Bashundhara Group is always beside us. We’re so poor that we can’t afford three square meals a day. The corona pandemic has aggravated the situation with unemployment and economic crisis. The relief will meet our demand for one month. We pray for gradual development of Bashundhara Group,” she said.
Rupganj union parishad Chairman Salauddin Bhuiyan, former BCL Vice-president Hafizur Rahman Sajib, former district BCL Vice-president Moniruzzaman and former upazila BCL President Masum Chowdhury Apu attended the relief distribution programme.
In Kanchan municipality, poor and destitute people got relief arranged by the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
Karimon Afroza, an elderly woman of the municipality and recipient of the relief, said, “We have no earning. We can neither buy food nor pay the house rent. In this situation, relief is of great help to us. We’ll be able to survive for one month with Bashundhara relief.”
Kanchan municipality Mayor Rafiqul Islam and Inspire Group Managing Director Tariqul Islam were present, among others.