PM to declare 12 districts, 123 upazilas more as homeless-free today

PM to declare 12 districts, 123 upazilas more as homeless-free today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over 22,101 more houses under Ashrayan-2 project to landless and homeless families tomorrow as 12 districts and 123 upazilas are set to be declared homeless and landless-free.

“With the 12 districts and 123 upazilas, a total of 21 districts and 334 upazilas throughout the country are becoming as homeless and landless family-free ones on that day,” Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Mohammad Tofazzel Hossain Miah told a press conference on Monday.

PM to declare 12 districts, 123 upazilas more as homeless-free today

Tofazzel Hossain said the premier will make the announcement and open the distribution of semi-pucca houses for the homeless and landless families through a video-conference from her official Ganabhaban residence.The Prime Minister will be connected with the beneficiaries and local people of three places while distributing the houses on the sixth occasion today.

 

PM to declare 12 districts, 123 upazilas more as homeless-free today

The three places are Barasat Sonar Bangla Palli Ashrayan project under Terokhada upazila in Khulna district, Chakla Ashrayan-2 project under Bera upazila in Pabna and Amanullahpur Ashrayan project under Begumganj in Noakhali.The premier will hand over the keys of 22,101 houses along with the ownership documents of a two-decimal of lands to the families. Some 1,15,000 people will be rehabilitated in the houses on that day, he said.

Under the Ashrayan project and other programmes, a total of 82,9607 families have been rehabilitated so far since 1,997 while the number of rehabilitated people is 41,48,035 (estimated as five persons in a family).

 

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Ashrayan Project of the PMO has already rehabilitated 5,55,617 families (2,778,085) people directly while 2,73,990 families were rehabilitated under different programmes of concerned government offices, including Land Ministry, Disaster Management and Relief Ministry and Liberation War Affairs Ministry.

Some 4,148,035 people were given houses. It’s a rare instance in the world as there is no programme in the world that the landless people are being given free houses and lands.Not only houses and lands are given, but also free electricity connections are given, the water supply is arranged, and other facilities are ensured for them.

So, there is no such a massive (rehabilitation) programme in any other country of the world. In this case, Bangladesh is unique.The rate of extreme poor and floating people has come down significantly due to the rehabilitation through providing the landless people with houses.

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina handed over the houses to the landless and homeless families on five occasions (since Mujib Year).The Prime Minister will declare Manikganj, Rajbari, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Naogaon, Natore, Pabna, Kushtia, Pirojpur and Jhalakathi as homeless-landless free districts.

PM to declare 12 districts, 123 upazilas more as homeless-free today

 

Earlier, she declared nine other districts as landless and homeless free which included Madaripur, Gazipur, Narsigdi, Panchagarh, Joypurhat, Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Chuadanga and Magura.This is the second-round under fourth phase of the Ashrayan-2 project while 39,365 houses were distributed in the first-stage on March 22, 2023, he added.

A total of 63,999 houses were distributed under first phase on January 23, 2021, 53,330 under second phase on June 20, 2021 and 59,133 two-stages under third phase during the Mujib-Barshao.With the distribution of 22,101 more houses, the total number will stand at 2,38,851 under the Ashrayan-2 Project.The ownership of land is given to both husband and wife and land registration and mutation are also given after the names of both husband and wife.

The government is not only building houses of the project on khas land rather lands are being bought from Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust to build houses.

Donations from individuals are also received to this end, he mentioned.
The 123 upazilas that will be declared landless and homeless family-free ones on Wednesday include Gosairhat in Shariatpur district; Kuliarchar, Nikli, Hossainpur, Bajitpur, Mithamoin and Karimganj in Kishoreganj; Ghatail, Nagarpur, Mirzapur, Kalihati and Basail in Tangail; Shibaloy, Harirampur and Sadar in Manikganj; Sreenagar and Tongibari in Munshiganj; Goalanda in Rajbari; Sonargaon, Rupganj, Araihazar and Sadar in Narayanganj; Boalmari, Charbhadrasan, Bhanga and Sadar in Faridpur; Iswarganj, Haluaghat, Dhobaura, Gafargaon, Muktagacha and Sadar in Mymensingh;

Sreebardi and Sadar in Sherpur; Islampur and Sarishabari in Jamalpur; Pekua, Ukhia and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar; Hathazari and Anwara in Chattogram; Matlab Dakkhin and Kachua in Chandpur; Begumganj, Sonaimuri, Chatkhil, Senbug and Sadar in Noakhali; Nangalkot, Barura, Homna, Titas, Meghna, Meghna and Burichang in Cumilla; Daganbhuiyan in Feni, Palashbari in Gaibandha; Badarganj in Rangpur; Bochaganj, Birganj, Chirirbandar, Parbatipur, Fulbari, Birampur, Hakimpur, Ghoraghat and Sadar in Dinajpur.

The other upazilas are Pirganj, Ranisankail and Sadar in Thakurgaon; Domar and Jaldhaka in Nilphamari; Atrai, Badalgachi, Manda, Niamatpur, Porsha, Sapahar and Sadar in Naogaon; Tarash, Shahjadpur and Kamarkhanda in Sirajganj; Gabtoli, Adamdighi and Sadar in Bogura; Singra, Naldanga and Sadar in Natore; Chatmohar, Bera, Faridpur, Bhangura and Sujanagar in Pabna; Jhenaidah Sadar in Jhenaidah; Kaliganj and Satkhira Sadar in Satkhira; Jashore Sadar in Jashore; Khoksha in Kushtia; Dighalia in Khulna; Kalia in Narail; Pirojpur Sadar in Pirojpur;

Jhalakathi Sadar in Jhalakathi; Kalapara and Galachipa in Patuakhali; Patharghata, Betagi, Taltali in Barguna; Beanibazar, Companiganj,Golapganj, Gowainghat and Zakiganj in Sylhet, Sreemangal, Moulvibazar Sadar, Kulaura, Barlekha and Juri in Moulvibazar, Shayestaganj, Bahubal, Lakhai, Habiganj Sadar and Madhabpur in Habiganj and Shalla and Dharmapasha in Sunamganj.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman introduced the rehabilitation programme for homeless people in 1972.Following the footprints of Bangabandhu, her daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the initiative to provide ownership of houses and lands to homeless and landless people through the Ashrayan Project in 1997.

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