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PM Hasina to hand over 66,189 houses to homeless families on occasion of Mujib centenary celebration

In its bid to bring all landless and homeless families under housing scheme, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over houses among 66,189 landless and homeless families on Saturday.

“As part of “Mujib Borsho” celebration, the government has completed 66,189 houses for homeless and landless families,” Prime Minister’s principal secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus told media.

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and project director of Ashrayan-2 Md Mahbub Hossain spoke highly of the project.

The press interaction was attended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s deputy press secretary Ashraful Alam Khokon and assistant press secretaries Imrul Kayes and Ashraf Siddique Bitu.

   Giving an overview of the project, Dr Kaikaus said, “The government has built 66,189 houses at a cost of Tk1,168 crore for homeless people on the occasion of the Mujib Borsho. Some one lakh more houses will also be distributed among those people in the next month.”

Apart from this, Ashrayan Project under the PMO rehabilitated 3,715 families by constructing 743 barracks under 44 project villages in 36 upazilas in 21 districts during the Mujib Year, he said.

Under the project, the government has prepared a list of 885,622 families in 2020, of which 293,361 landless and homeless families and 592,261 families having 1-10 decimal land but no housing facility.

As many as 320,058 landless and homeless families from 1997 to December 2020 were rehabilitated under the project.

Dr Kaikaus further said the Ashran-2 project (July 2010-June 2022) has a target to rehabilitate 250,000 landless, homeless and displaced families at a cost of Taka 4,840.28 crore, for the 250,000 families, adding  Ashrayan has already rehabilitated 192,277 landless and homeless families across the country from July 2010 to June 2019. A total of 48,500 landless and homeless families have been rehabilitated in barracks while 143,777 families having own land (1-10 decimal) but no capacity to construct houses in semi-barracks, corrugated iron sheet barracks and specially designed houses.

He highlighted another fact informing about government’s initiative to construct 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, adding: “Armed Forces Division is also implementing more 119 multi-storey buildings and related activities through Detailed Project Proposal (DPP).”

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