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Ashrayan offers abodes to homless

Published : Wednesday, 12 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 217

Though it is hard to believe that Bangladesh is becoming a landless and homeless-free country, this is now a reality with a growing number of helpless and hapless people being rehabilitated under the present government.    

Evidently, on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over 18,566 more houses to the homeless and landless families on Tuesday across the country under the governments flagship housing programme Ashrayan-2 project.

After giving away these houses under the second stage of the fifth phase of Ashrayan-2 Prakalpa, 70 more upazilas of 26 districts have become landless-and-homeless-free, raising the total number of landless and homeless free districts to 58 and the upazilas to 464 throughout the country.

What is most important unique feature of Ashrarayan projects is that ownership of land and house is given to the inhabitants. As a result, a sense of invulnerability develops among the people who own houses and land in the cluster villages. This has made them feel community living.
Under the projects, each of the landless and homeless families is given a semi-pucca house on two decimals of land with the ownership in the name of both husband and wife. Each house consists of two bedrooms, one kitchen, one toilet and veranda.

The rehabilitation project for extremely poor was the brainchild of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.  Ashrayan project-1 was first launched in 1997 after her visit to the cyclone-hit St. Martins of Coxazar when she was touched by the woes and suffering of the cyclone-hit people.  It was mainly aimed at building pucca houses in the natural disaster prone areas and semi-Pucca houses in other areas of the country.

However, Ashrayan-2 aims to alleviate poverty through rehabilitation and income-generating activities ranging from handicrafts to poultry and other agricultural activities.  This is why this project has been effective in poverty alleviation with the backward areas of the country getting the benefits.  

For instance, small ethnic groups, cleaning workers, tea garden workers, landless peasants, third gender community, people with disabilities, miners, lepers, extremely poor women and climate refugees are the prime beneficiaries of this project.

Whats more, under the Ashrayan-2, worlds largest climate refugee rehabilitation project has been undertaken in Bangladesh. Nearly 5000 poor families who have been displaced due to the negative impacts of climate change at the coastal areas of Chottogram and Coxs Bazar have been rehabilitated under this project.

With Ashrayan projects being implemented successfully across the country, we are in belief that Bangladesh will shortly be free of landless and homeless people.

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