Observer photo famed destitute family gets DC’s help, assurance
Published : Friday, 24 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 90
The Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Md Ferdous Khan on Wednesday said that the present government is fully committed to bringing back the destitute and floating people to the mainstream of society by providing some pragmatic steps and schemes.
"Multiple kinds of facilities are allocated to change the lifestyle of the destitute people across the country-elderly disable stipend, disable students' stipend, drop in centre and others," he noted.
He made this comment while handing over Tk 10,000 to a family of beggars at his office.
Besides Md Abdul Awal, Assistant Commissioner, Md Sahiduzzaman, Additional Deputy Commissioner ( General), Salma Khatun, Assistant Director, Social Service Department, Ziaul Islam Chowdhury, Social Services Department were also present at the event.
He took this initiative after seeing a photograph captured by Chief Photo Journalist Jibon Amir of the Daily Observer published on May 21, showing a disabled mother sleeping on the roadside while she tied up her little daughter with a rope for the kids safety. The photograph drew huge public attention and the DC took initiative to change their lifestyle.
He also suggested that the officials of Social Service Department under Ministry of Social Welfare should provide stipend of the physically challenged people's category.
Helena Begum and her husband Abul Hossain were present at the DC office along with their three children Shafique, 11, Rafique, 6, and a daughter Rahima, 3 years old.
DC Ferdous Khan also ensured to provide a piece of land to them in Barishal, their hometown, (from where they have migrated to Dhaka) if they are willing to go back.
If they want to stay in Dhaka city he also ensured them to launch a small business as a livelihood.
The children of the destitute family will be raised by the people of the Drop in Centre launched by the Social Service Department.
Md Abdul Awal, Assistant Commissioner, noted that they will ensure all supports from financial help to psychological counselling.
He also said that among many options they offered the destitute family to go back to their home town where they will be given two bighas of lands including other facilities.
"But unfortunately they are not willing to go. Let's see what they are going to choose," he added.
Salma Khatun, an official of Social Service Department said that the Ministry had conducted a survey to count the number of the disabled people across the country.
The survey report suggests that about 16 lakh people are physically challenged across the country and are having multiple forms of disabilities.
Already government has covered about 80 per cent physically challenged people under this scheme and rest 20 percent will be brought under this service within two years, Salma said.
Under this scheme, a beggar or a disabled person can receive interest free loan if any disabled people wants to be an entrepreneurs.
Currently government provides Tk 700 as stipend to each physically challenged people and the amount of money will be Tk 750 from the next fiscal year including training and other facilities.