Letters to the Editor
Homeless people in Dhaka city
There were more than 2.8 lakh homeless people in Dhaka city as of July 2016. Most of them left villages because of unemployment and natural disasters like flood, river erosion etc. Their life is horrible because of no shelter, education, nutritious food and sanitation. Most of them don't have any permanent income source; they earn their livelihood whenever they get the opportunity.
A massive amount of time has been passed in the name of so-called development activities by different governments, but this problem is yet to be solved! The current government has taken some programmes which are inadequate and time-consuming to resolve a big difficulty like this. Some NGOs are also working to improve their living conditions but it is not a sustainable solution.
Programmes should be undertaken with a long-term view. The city municipals can provide low cost shelters to them. The two city corporations can construct vertical slum at the entry point and expanded areas of Dhaka city. The government can start some training programmes for them to use them as human resources in factories and small cottage business, give them vocational training with basic education which will be a long-term solution within a short time. Lastly, the government has to find the reasons of these people's becoming homeless so that, every year, the added number of homeless people can be controlled.
The vagrant must not be compelled to embrace this inhuman life. Certainly we will never achieve sustainable development by keeping a huge portion of population aside.
East West University