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PM’s housing gift turns 30,729 homeless families happy in Rajshahi

Furu Begum, 53, wife of Saiful Islam at Jhina village under Bagha upazila in the district, has got a permanent address after getting the house and has been living in it for the last couple of years amid pleasant.”The PM’s housing gift has enhanced our social dignity side by side with boosting the level of confidence as a whole,” she added.”There was no thought even in the dream of getting a brick-built house in the remote area,” said Renuara Begum, 47, another beneficiary, adding they had to live in a thatched house on other land for a long in the past.Before getting the houses at Khanpur Nich Polashi ashrayan project they were living here and there as rootless ones since they lost their houses and other belongings by the river erosion.Aleka Begum, 51, of Helalpur village, said she used to live in a thatched house before getting the new one. She had to suffer a lot due to the lack of a house. But, the worst situation has changed now. She along with her husband and two daughters are having happy days in the house. “I never thought that I would be an owner of a brick-built house,” she said with a smiling face, adding that the house gave her three-member family a new life expressing deep gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her benevolent initiative. Maleka Begum, 53, a widow of Benggari village, is living in the new house at Khanpur Nish Polassy Ashrayan Project with her two sons. “We are very happy to receive such a gift from the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We are grateful to her,” said Maleka Begum, while expressing her gratitude to the government.Like them, all the 408 landless and homeless families have become happy after getting homes for the first time in different villages under Bagha Upazila in the district. They were given the houses with special design of earthquake resilient and portable in four phases of Ashrayan-2 project to mark the Mujibbarsha very recently thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the benevolent works.There are vacant places for cultivating vegetables and other crops in the project area. The rehabilitated families are getting scopes of improving their living and livelihood condition through homestead gardening and rearing cattle, goat and poultry birds.Zahid Hassan Hridoy, President of Helalpur Ashrayan Committee, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given them basic amenities, particularly houses, electricity and water. There are 41 families in their ashrayan and they are living together through cooperating with each other.Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sharmin Akter said priority was given to widow, divorcee, bagger, persons with disability, ethnic minority and third gender side by side with other distressed people in terms of scrutinizing beneficiaries for their proper rehabilitation.The floors and walls of the houses are brick-built as the roofs were made of corrugated sheet. The houses were made colorfully and eye-catching. The disaster resistant houses reveal the images of laudable and lasting development activities of the government.In the latest second stage of the last fourth phase, houses were allocated to 1,822 more families in all eight districts under Rajshahi division. Md. Imtiaz Hossain, additional commissioner (Revenue) of Rajshahi Division, told BSS that there were 31,930 homeless and landless families in ‘KA’ class in the division.Already, 30,729 of those were rehabilitated during the last four consecutive phases.Main thrust of the initiative is to improve the standard of living, ensure basic education, health care and skill development on income generating activities of the beneficiary people. At the initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has provided them with the houses to alleviate their poverty through giving shelters and human resource development activities. On behalf of Ashrayan Project-2 of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has built the houses. Each of the semi-pucca houses with two bedrooms, one kitchen, one toilet, common space and veranda are built at a cost of Taka 2.59 lakh. Commissioner of Rajshahi division Dr Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir said the construction of the houses is a laudable step of the government. All the government’s line departments, including agriculture, fisheries, livestock, youth development, cooperatives, women affairs and social development, have started expanding their activities to the Ashrayan villages to improve the living and livelihood conditions of the settlers.

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