POST TIME: 4 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Project launched to rehabilitate beggars

Project launched to rehabilitate beggars

The government is going to include beggars in the Ektee Bari Ektee Khamar (EBEK) project to rehabilitate them with a view to making a beggar free country, reports UNB. The EBEK project is going on across the country to make 60 lakh families self-reliant. Under the project, beggars will get loan in different income generating activities including small business and cattle rearing. As a pilot project, it has been implemented at Kishorganj upazila of Nilphamari district. A committee named “Beggar Free Kishoreganj Upazila” was formed on July 5, 2014. Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) was made head of the committee.

Kishoreganj UNO Abul Kalam Azad said the upazila has become free from baggers. Some 951 baggers in the upazila were identified and they were clustered into 12 groups.

Under the project, a permanent fund was formed. Initially upazila administration collected Taka 4,600 funds for every bagger. Every bagger get equivalent amount of money from EBEK project. A total of Taka 36 lakh was given loan to 12 groups.

The EBEK project official sources said, 4th amendment will be made to include baggers in the project. EBEK Project Director Akbar Hossain told that the initiative to make a beggar free country was taken to alleviate poverty from the country. Baggers will be imparted training under the project and they will be given loans. “Initially, we have rehabilitated 900 families of Kishorganj upazila in Nilphamari district,” he added.