With two decimal lands each, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has handed over more 39,365 houses to landless and homeless families on Wednesday. The home distribution project for these homeless families is part of the Bangladesh government’s target of providing housing to all.
The project of distributing houses is named as “Ashrayan-2”, under which the government has already distributed houses for the 4th time. Under this project, about nine districts and 211 upazillas have already been marked as homeless family-free areas of the country.
Inauguration of the distribution programme
The Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, inaugurated the handover programme to the homeless family after joining the meeting virtually from Ganabhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister.
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Along with the PM, the other guests who attended the function were several ministers, the related MPs, Upazilla Chairmen, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Upazilla Nirbahi Officers, and other respected personalities. These representatives of different bodies were present at various project sites in order to hand over the houses to the parties. With the houses, they also handed over the related other documents, like house certificates, land documents, etc. Across the country, beneficiaries from about 493 upazillas got these documents and houses at a time.
Distribution project: an on-going process
Among the total of 4 phases, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has distributed 63,999 houses in the first phase of the project. After that, the PM distributed 53,330 houses and 59,133 houses, respectively, in the second and third phases of this Ashrayan-2 project of the PM office.
After distributing 39,365 houses to homeless people in several areas of Bangladesh in the 4th phase, the total number stood at 215,827 aggregately.
Under this project, the Prime Minister also declared to issue houses to homeless and landless people in more seven districts and 159 upazillas. The districts that are going to get these houses are Gazipur, Madaripur, Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Narsingdi, Chapainawabganj, and Joypurhat.
Before that, the Prime Minister also declared to deliver houses to Magura and Panchagarh districts and 52 upazillas also.
With the fourth phase of house distribution, a total of 196,825 people now have safe places to sleep. The houses are semi-pucca in shape.
All about the programme
The programme was conducted by the principal secretary of the Prime Minister, Mohammad Tofazzel Hossain Miah. This programme of delivering houses to the homeless people and rehabilitating them was first introduced in independent Bangladesh by the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, following the footsteps of her father, is continuing the programme so far and providing ownership of houses and land to this people. Ashrayan Project is continuing its business from 1997 to till now. Since then, the Bangladesh government has delivered houses to a total of 5,54,597 families as part of this project.
At the same time, the concerned government offices, like the Land Ministry and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, also distributed houses for a total of 2,16,704 families under several other programmes.