Govt to build 12,000 disaster resilient houses for poor this FY
The government is likely to start construction of the disaster resilient houses across the country this month as per its election pledge. The houses will be built with government fund to save the people of the disaster-prone areas from various calamities.
Although the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry had a plan of building around 32,000 houses in the country in this fiscal year of 2018-19, it would now build 12,000 houses initially within next
two and half a months.
Gradually, the authority will build 300,000 houses for the ultra poor and people in the disaster-prone areas during the present tenure of the government. The entire project of building the houses will be implemented by a project implementation committee under the Ministry from its own fund allocated for relief works, according to officials of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.
To construct the houses, the ministry has already decided not to give any special allocation against the parliament members (MP) for test relief (TR) and gratuitous relief (GR) works. The entire allocation for TR and GR will be transferred for building the houses, the officials claimed.
According to the officials, although the government scrapped a proposal earlier, it has finally given consent to the proposal of building the houses. But, allocation for the houses was increased this time. The government will provide fund for building houses in the land of the beneficiaries.
Earlier, the government was planning to complete construction of every house at Tk 100,000. In the revised proposal, the amount of allocation for every house increased at Tk 2.60 lakh. The ministry has given its approval to the proposal on last Wednesday (April 10).
Earlier, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman rold this correspondent that to build the houses, they have decided not to allocate special TR, GR, Food for Works (FFW, well known as KaBiKha) and Taka for Works (KaBiTa) this year.
"We have a fund of around Tk 316 crore for the TR, GR, KaBiKha and KaBiTa projects. Of the fund, Tk 300 crore was already been allocated for building the houses. The rests will be allocated for other relief works," he added.
When contacted, ministry's Deputy Secretary Sabbir Ahmed told this correspondent the proposal was already given approval. Under the proposal, the authority will build around 12,000 disaster resilient houses by this fiscal year. Expenditure for every house was estimated at Tk 2.60 lakh.
Each of the semi-pucca houses will have two rooms, a corridor, a kitchen and a separate bathroom within its boundary. There will also be arrangement of pure drinking water supply round the clock.
According to the ministry officials, they have prepared separate lists of around 300,000 poor and ultra-poor people in the country 64 districts, who are vulnerable to different disaster risks. All of the vulnerable people will be given a house gradually as government assistance by this five years tenure of the present government.
According to ministry sources, the government cancelled the special allocation for Test Relief and KABITA due to allegation of unabated corruption. The money allocated for these projects will instead be spent for building houses for the homeless.
A project implementation committee led by the Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) will implement the project. The committee was already asked to collect names of homeless, poor and ultra poor people from the chairmen of union parishads under 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 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.