Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her pledge that none would remain homeless and landless in the country, saying she considered power as a way to serve the people.
“None will remain homeless, landless and without address in Bangladesh. We are working to implement that target,” she said.
She said this while virtually distributing 32,904 houses to the beneficiaries at 492 upazilas across the country in the third phase under the Ashrayan-2 Project.
The prime minister joined the handing over ceremony from her official Ganabhaban residence.
She said her government is committed to building a prosperous and developed Bangladesh and bringing smiles on the faces of everyone by giving them an improved and better life as envisioned by the Father of the Nation.
The prime minister said they have given land and houses to 32,409 people under Ashrayan-2 Project, adding, “I’m giving those to them as Eid gift, I like most the smile on their faces whenever they receive their own home.”
She said all classes of under-privileged people such as Bede (river-gypsy), third gender, tea worker, leprosy patients, differently abled persons have been brought under the housing scheme.
Sheikh Hasina, the elder daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, also said, “I know the soul of my father will get peace today when he sees that his people are smiling.”
The premier said a survey found that over 8 lakh homeless and landless people are in the country, adding her government is working to bring everyone under the housing scheme in phases as part of their “Mujib Borsho” pledge.
She urged all especially the Awami League leaders and activists to stand beside the distressed people being imbued with the ideology of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as he wanted to bring smile on the people’s faces by giving them an improved and beautiful life.
“We’re the soldiers of the ideal of Bangabandhu. So, the power to me is to serve the people and work for the people. And I am now working to ensure that none will remain homeless in Bangladesh,” she said.
She also said her government illuminate every house of the country ensuring cent percent electricity and is now working to make sure home for hundred percent homeless and landless people.
The prime minister also exchanged views with some beneficiaries and other stakeholders connecting to four places of the four districts.
The four places are: Poradia Balia Ashrayan Project under Nagarkanda Upazila in Faridpur district, Khajurtola Ashrayan Project under Barguna Sadar Upazila in Barguna district, Khokshabari Ashrayan Project under Sirajganj Sadar Upazila in Sirajganj district and Hajigaon Ashrayan Project under Anwara Upazila in Chattogram district.
Expressing the feelings of getting houses, some beneficiaries thanked the prime minister for providing them home and thus secure their lives.
They prayed for long life of Sheikh Hasina and wanted her to see as the Prime Minister time and again, calling her as the touchstone of the development.
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Senior Secretary Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah moderated the function while PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Project Director of Ashrayan-2 Project Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan were present at Ganabhaban end.
A video documentary was also screened on how the landless and homeless people have developed their life standard after getting benefits that included training and money alongside the houses under the Ashrayan-2 Project.
So far, 150,233 houses were handed over in three phases under the Ashrayan-2 Project as part of the government pledge to bring landless and homeless people across the country under housing facilities in the Mujib Borsho.
On January 23 in 2021, 63,999 homeless and landless families received houses under the first phase while 53,330 families got a roof over their heads under the second phase of the Ashrayan-2 Project on June 20 last year.
The government is set to distribute 65,674 more houses among the landless and homeless people across the country under the third phase of the Ashrayan-2 Project. Of those, the premier has already handed over 32,904 houses today.
According to the project details, so far 1,17,329 houses were constructed under first and second phases of the project while 1,83,003 houses have been allotted till the current fiscal year of 2021-2022.