Meet on slum dwellers’ problems held
RAJSHAHI, May 17: A view-sharing meeting titled "Problems and Way-out of Slum Dwellers' Habitat in Rajshahi City" was held in the conference hall of Coffee Bar Restaurant in the city on Tuesday afternoon.
Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), a research-based development organisation, arranged the meeting in association with various youth organisations including Barind Education, Cultural and Diversity Protection Centre.
Speakers said concerted efforts of all the entities concerned has become crucial for ensuring safe habitat for the slum dwellers as they contribute to the society in many ways.
They viewed that improving living and livelihood condition of the distressed and underprivileged population side by side with ensuring their peaceful existence is one of the preconditions to overall development of the nation. So, importance should be given on the issue.
During his concept paper presentation, BARCIK Regional Coordinator Shahidul Islam gave an overview of the slum dwellers along with their vulnerabilities.
The meeting was also addressed, among others, by Freedom Fighter Toybur Rahman, national environment award winning farmer Yusuf Ali Mollah, business leader Sekendar Ali and General Secretary of Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad Jamat Khan.
Some slum dwellers, who took part in the meeting, also shared views on the issue depicting their grim picture.
The speakers unanimously noted that the slum dwellers in Rajshahi City should be given the scopes of getting safe drinking water, sanitation, and housing and education facilities with ultimate goal of improving their living and livelihood conditions. They urged the authorities concerned to keep special allocation for the population in the annual budget and international donor agencies to extend their cooperation in this field.
Shahidul Islam said poor, extremely poor and other underprivileged populations in the slum areas face eviction and various other problems related to water and airborne diseases as they suffer a lot due to constraints of safe drinking water and sanitation.