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Govt to build houses for 300,000 poor, homeless in next 5 years

Published : Thursday, 14 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 186
Mohosinul Karim

The government is planning to provide housing support for the country's 300,000 poor and ultra-poor people, who are vulnerable to disaster risks within its five-year tenure by building houses in their lands with government funds.
Of the houses, around 64,000 will be built by this year. The authority will build 32,000 houses, 500 houses in each of the 64 districts across the country, by June this year. The rests 32,000 houses will be built by December this year, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman told the Daily Observer at his Secretariat office on Wednesday.

Dr Enamur Rahman claimed that they have separate lists of around 300,000 lakh poor and ultra-poor people of 64 districts, who are vulnerable to different disaster risks. All of the vulnerable people will be given a house gradually as government assistance within the five-year tenure of the present government.
"The houses will be built in phases. This year, around 64,000 houses will be built. Of those, 32,000 will be built by June and rests 32,000 by December this year. As part of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government's plan to give shelter to every homeless people, the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry has taken up the scheme," he claimed.

To build the houses, they have decided not to allocate special test relief (TR), Gratuitous Relief (GR), Food for Works (FFW, well known as KaBiKha) and Taka for Works (KaBiTa) this year. They have around Tk 316 crore for the TR and KaBiTa projects. Of the fund, Tk 300 crore has already been allocated for building the houses, he added.

According to the plan of the Ministry, the houses - semi pucca with tin-shade roofs and concrete walls - measuring approximately 300 to 400 square feet will have two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. There will also be arrangement of pure drinking water supply round the clock.

"The Ministry on Tuesday finalised the procedure for building houses for the homeless people in a meeting. Experts from different government and non-government agencies placed their designs in the meeting," Dr Enamur Rahman told this correspondent. Replying to a query he said as the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's main aim is to ensure home for all by this tenure, when the nation will celebrate the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country's independence.

According to Ministry sources, the government is going to cancel special allocation for Test Relief and KABITA (Kajer Binimoye Taka) due to allegation of unabated corruption. The money allocated for these projects will instead be spent for building houses for the homeless.

Upazila Nirbahi Officers were asked to collect names of homeless, poor and ultra poor people from the chairmen of union parishads in their respective upazilas. After scrutinising, the UNOs have sent lists of such people to the Ministry. The Ministry will now sanction the houses in favour of the homeless people and the UNOs will implement the construction works, he added.
The Ministry officials will be given special assignment at the central level to monitor whether the homeless people are getting houses properly. The government will not tolerate any irregularity or corruption in this regard, he claimed.

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