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17 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Disaster-tolerant houses for poor on cards

The ministry has decided not to allocate special TR, GR, Food for Works (KaBiKha) and Taka for Works (KaBiTa) this year to build the houses
Anisur Rahman Khan, Dhaka

The entire allocation for test relief (TR) and gratuitous relief (GR) works will be transferred for building disaster resilient houses for the poor in the country. The government has decided to start constructing the disaster resilience houses within this month as per its pledge, sources in the disaster management and relief ministry said. According to the sources, although the disaster management and relief ministry had a plan of building around 32,000 houses in the 2018-19 fiscal year, it would now build 12,000 houses initially in the next two-and-a-half months.

The houses will be built with government funds for the safety of people living in the country’s disaster-prone areas people. The government will gradually build a total of 300,000 houses for the ultra-poor and people in disaster-prone areas in its present tenure, the sources said.

According to a 2016 World Bank report, around two crore Bangladeshis (12.9% of the population) live below the extreme poverty line.

The government’s initiative to eliminate poverty and homelessness by constructing the disaster resilient housing would help the country’s poor people.

According to disaster management and relief ministry sources, the entire project of building the houses will be implemented by a project implementation committee under the ministry from its own funds allocated for relief works.

“To construct the houses, the ministry has already decided not to give any special allocation against the parliament members (MP) for test relief (TR) and gratuitous relief (GR) works. The entire allocation for TR and GR will be transferred for building the houses,” an official of the disaster management and relief ministry told The Independent on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, the government planned to complete the construction of each house for Tk one lakh. However, a revised proposal increased the allocated amount to Tk 2.60 lakh, the source said, adding that the ministry had approved the proposal on Wednesday (April 10).

When contacted, the ministry’s deputy secretary, Sabbir Ahmed, said, “Under the proposal, the authority concerned will build around 12,000 disaster resilience houses by this fiscal year. Expenditure for each house is estimated at Tk 2.60 lakh,” he said.

Each of the semi-pucca houses will have two rooms, a corridor, a kitchen and a separate bathroom in its boundary, he said, adding that there will also be arrangement of pure drinking water supply round the clock.

Earlier, the minister of state for disaster management and relief, Dr Enamur Rahman, told The Independent that the ministry has decided not to allocate special TR, GR, Food for Works (FFW, well known as KaBiKha) and Taka for Works (KaBiTa) this year to build the houses.

“We have a fund of around Tk 316 crore

for the TR, GR, KaBiKha and KaBiTa projects. Of this, Tk 300 crore has been allocated for building the houses. The rest of the amount will be allocated for other relief works,” he added.

Ministry officials said they have prepared separate lists of around 300,000 poor and ultra-poor people in 64 districts, who are vulnerable to different disaster risks. All the vulnerable people will be provided houses gradually as state assistance within the five-year tenure of the present government, they added.

According to ministry sources, the government cancelled the special allocation for TR KaBiTa due alleged corruption. The money allocated for these projects will instead be spent for building houses for the homeless, the source added. “A project implementation committee led by the upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) will implement the project. The committee members were told to collect the names of homeless, poor and ultra-poor people from the chairmen of the union parishads concerned under their respective upazilas. After scrutinizing the names, the UNOs forwarded the lists to the ministry. The ministry will now sanction the houses in favour of the homeless people and the UNOs will implement the works,” the ministry’s deputy secretary said.

Sabbir said the ministry officials will be given special assignment at the central level to monitor whether the homeless people were getting the houses properly. The government will not tolerate any irregularity or corruption in this regard, he claimed.

Bangladesh is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to various natural disasters like floods, cyclones and storm surges, flash floods, droughts, tornadoes, riverbank erosion, and landslides.

These extreme natural events are termed disasters when they adversely affect the whole environment, including human beings, their shelters and the resources essential for their livelihoods. It is estimated that in the past 20 years, 135 million people in Bangladesh have been affected by natural disasters. While many have lost their lives or been injured, millions of others have also lost their homes, land and livelihoods.

Resilient housing is an alternative approach in disaster risk reduction targeting the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh.

 

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