Rights groups on Saturday urged the government to consider sustainable infrastructure projects like concrete block embankments and dams to provide protection against tidal surges as priority projects in the proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal.
The proposed budget has not suggested any curative measures to address the recent sufferings of the coastal people affected by Cyclone Roanu, they said at a human chain programme in front of the National Press Club.
The 28 rights-based organizations included COAST Trust, Online Knowledge Society, Arpon, Uddipan, Udyan Bangladesh, Unnayan Dhara Trust, SDS, Krishasni Shova, Grameen Jono Unnayan Sangsta, Jatiya Krishani Sromik Shomiti, Jatiya Sramik Jote, Dak Diye Jai, Docap, Dwip Unnayan Sangsta, Nolcity Model Society, Phals, Pirojpur Gono Unnayan Shomity, PRAN, Prantojon, PSI Bangladesh, Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Bangladesh Bhumihin Shomity, Bangladesh Agriculture Labor Farm Association, Labor Resource Centre, Sangkalpa Trust, Songram, CDP and Humanity Watch.
Cyclone Roanu, which hit on May 23 in 19 costal districts claimed the lives of 23 people and left countless others living under the open sky with little drinking water, especially around Kutubdia Island. ?UNB