Aamon Pratik Sen Zaman, DHAKA : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today inaugurated the distribution of 66,189 houses as part of her government’s campaign to bring all landless and homeless families under housing facility on the occasion of “Mujib Borsha”( The 100th birth centenary of Sheik Mujibur Rahman). For the first time in the world, such a large number of houses are being distributed among the landless and homeless people at a time, signalling how the government proceeds to tackle the issue of homeless people. The government has built 66,189 houses at a cost of Taka 1,168 crore for homeless people on the occasion of the Mujib Borsha. Some one lakh more houses will also be distributed among those people in the next month.
A total of 48,500 landless and homeless families have been rehabilitated in barracks and 143,777 families having their own land (1-10 decimal) but no capacity to construct houses in semi-barracks, corrugated iron sheet barracks and specially designed houses.
In addition, the government also constructed 20 five-story buildings at Khurushkul in Cox’s Bazar for 600 families, who are climate refugees as a special gift by the Prime Minister.
Joining the programme virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital, the Prime Minister asked all concerned particularly the local administrations to hand over the ownership of the houses to the beneficiaries.
She said that as many as 320,000 families had earlier been given homes while work on building one lakh more houses for the landless and homeless will start soon.
The Prime Minister said she was very happy today as she managed to give such a large number of houses to landless and homeless people on a day of winter. Describing the ceremony marking distributing a large number of homes as the largest festival in the Mujib Borsho, she said, “Today, it is the largest festival. There is no such big festival like giving homes to landless and homeless people on such a large scale. We have set a target in the Mujib Borsho that not a single person will remain without address or home. I will somehow manage an address for everyone,’’ she said while distributing homes to 66,189 families alongside rehabilitating 3,715 others in the barracks under the Ashrayan-2 Project.
Referring to giving homes to the backward people in the societies such as dalits, horijons, transgender, tea workers and others, she said that her government has been tirelessly working to ensure improved live for a cross-section of the people in the society.
The Prime Minister thanked all concerned including the local administrations and public representatives to manage to build such a huge number of houses maintaining the due standard in a short period.
Sheikh Hasina said that the souls of her father (Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) and her mother and lakhs of martyrs who made supreme sacrifice for the country’s Liberation War will rest in peace as such a huge number of people have got their own homes.
The Prime Minister urged all to pray for her as she could build the country as a “Sonar Bangladesh” as dreamt by the Father of the Nation, saying, “My only target is to ensure a beautiful and improved life to everyone and Banglali can move across the globe with dignity with keeping their heads high.”
Photos courtesy : PID Dhaka