POST TIME: 14 September, 2021 01:12:15 PM
PM's housing gift gives new life to homeless people in Rajshahi
BSS, Rajshahi

PM's housing gift gives new life to homeless people in Rajshahi

The poor landless and homeless people have got new lives after getting houses as gifts from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

   Ripa Khatun, 32, a divorcee, is living with her five-year-old daughter at Tantihati Ashrayan under Tanore Upazila of the district.

   After getting the semi-pucca newly constructed house she's happy. She now earns her livelihood by sewing clothes and rearing goats.

  "Now I have sound sleep at night, there is no major hurdle and none can oppress and suppress me like before," Khatun said, while talking to BSS with a smiling face. "It's like a dream to me," she added.

   Abul Kalam Azad, a resident of Bordapur Ashrayan Pally in Manda Upazila, said he had to suffer a lot due to lack of a house. But, the situation has changed now. He along with his wife and two daughters are passing wonderful days in the new house.

  Azad, a person with special needs, said the house gave his four-member family a new life; he expressed his deep gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her benevolent initiative.

   Rubel Hossain, one of the beneficiaries of Palibazar Ashrayan Project in Durgapur Upazila, said he used to live in a thatched house before getting the new one.

  He has been living in the semi-concrete house for the last couple of months comfortably.

  The house comprises a bedroom, a kitchen with veranda, toilet and a constant power supply. Shima Bibi, a widow of Jhaluka village under the same upazila, is living in the new house with two offspring.

  "I never thought that I would be an owner of a brick-built house," she said with a smiling face. Many other landless and homeless people have got permanent abode as they availed the housing gift of Prime Minister in the division like other parts of the country.

   On behalf of Ashrayan Project-2 of the Prime Minister's Office, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has built the houses.

  The 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 poor people.

  Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division Dr Abdul Mannan told BSS that a total of 14,291 newly constructed houses were handed over to homeless and landless families in two consecutive phases this year as a gift from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the Mujib Year.

   The homeless and landless families received the disaster resilient houses marking the Mujib Borsho, the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in all eight districts of the division.

  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.

   Aminul Haque, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, said each of the semi-pucca houses built at a cost of Taka 1.91 lakh consists of two bedrooms, one kitchen, one toilet, common space and veranda.

   The floors and walls of the houses are brick-built as the roofs were made of corrugated sheet, he said.

  Haque added that the houses were made colorful and eye-catching. The disaster resistant houses reveal the images of laudable and lasting development activities of the government, he continued.

   Divisional Commissioner Dr Humayun Kabir said the ashrayan project has been adopted from the spirit of development thinking of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

   Diversified need-based activities, including income-generation, employment, healthcIare, sanitation, education and professional training, have been added to the housing venture.