Dream houses for another 1 lakh homeless families by Feb 2022
Published: 01:12 PM, 23 January 2021
The government will provide one lakh more houses by February 2022 to bring all landless and homeless families in the country under housing facilities.
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working to bring all landless and homeless families under the housing facility on the occasion of Mujib Borsho. For this, one lakh more houses will be distributed among landless and homeless families by February 2022.”
He added that 66,189 houses have been constructed at a cost of Tk 1,168 crore on the occasion of Mujib Borsho. These houses are being distributed among landless and homeless families. “So many houses are being given to the landless and homeless by the government for the first time in the world.”
Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 20 February 1972 directed to rehabilitate the landless, homeless and helpless people while visiting Charporagacha village in Noakhali district (now Lakshmipur).
He added that the Awami League government came to power in 1996 through elections and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu, again started welfare and development programs for the country.
“The Ashrayan project under the Prime Minister’s Office is rehabilitating 3,715 families by constructing 743 barracks under 44 projects in 36 upazilas of 21 districts during the Mujib Borsho celebrations,” he said.
The Ashrayan-2 project has set a target of rehabilitating 2,50,000 landless and homeless and uprooted families at a cost of Tk 4,840.28 crore (July 2010 to June 2022). 1,92,227 landless and homeless families have been rehabilitated across the country from July 2010 to June 2019. So far, a total of 48,500 landless and homeless families have been rehabilitated in the barracks, added Dr. Kaikaus.
Ashrayan-2 project director Md. Mahbub Hossain said the Ashrayan project has made a list of 8,85,622 families in 2020. Of these - 2,93,361 landless and homeless families and 5,92,261 families have 1-10 sotangso (435.6-4356 sq. feet) land. However, they do not have a home.
He added that the Ashrayan project has rehabilitated 3,20,058 landless and homeless families from 1996 to December 2020. The Armed Forces Division is building barracks for landless and homeless families.
According to sources, the government has constructed 20 five-storey buildings for 600 families in Khurushkul, Cox’s Bazar, as a gift from the Prime Minister due to climate change. The Armed Forces Division is implementing 119 more multi-storey buildings and related activities through a Detailed Project Proposal (DPP).
Training is being imparted on awareness-raising, skills acquisition and human resource development to enable the members of the rehabilitated families to be involved in income-generating activities.
In order to implement Vision-2021 and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, project activities will be accelerated in the future to alleviate poverty.