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20 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Inhabitants of Baish Pukur shoal in abject poverty

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Nilphamari

The residents of Baish Pukur shoal, located to the southeast of the Teesta barrage in Chapani union under Dimla upazila of Nilphamari district, have been leading a sub-human existence ever since the shoal emerged.

Locals said there is neither electricity nor solar power at this shoal, where more than 3,000 people, including children, currently reside. Of them, more than 1,500 are legal voters.

A young man, identified as Sukumar Sharma, 21, son of Upendra Nath Sharma, another young man named Rashedul Islam, 20, a housewife identified as Bebi Rani, 35, wife of one Bikash Chandra Sharma, and another housewife, identified as Rasheda Begum, 40, wife of Nur Hossain, all told this correspondent that they have been living a wretched life in this place for a long time.

They also complained that the lone 5-km-long unmetalled road used to reach this inaccessible shoal from Dalia Bazar is potholed and risky. Bricks have been laid on a third of this road but the remaining two-thirds are very uneven and dangerous for all kinds of vehicles. Everyday these people have to travel by this road at great peril.

There is just a single school here—the Baish Pukur Junior School—where students can study from Classes I to VIII.

 Locals told The Independent that most students cannot continue their studies after passing Class VIII as there is no high school here. As a result, most of the residents of this neglected shoal are illiterate and unemployed. Their incomes, naturally, are very low, and their poverty causes them great hardship.

Several students of the school urged this correspondent to highlight their plight and bring it to the government’s notice, which they hoped would allocate a sizeable amount of money for the development of the shoal.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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