3.30 lakh haor families to get 30 kg rice per month

DHAKA, June 1, 2017 (BSS) - The government, in the proposed budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2017-2018, has taken an emergency measure to provide 30 kilograms of rice per month to each of 3.30 lakh poor families affected by the flashfloods in haors.

A special allocation of Taka 57 crore has also been made to provide cash assistance on monthly basis to them under Special Social Protection Scheme for haor areas.

Unveiling the budget at the Jatiya Sangsad, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, "An emergency measure has been taken to provide 30 kgs of rice per month to each of 3.30 lakh bonafide destitute and flood affected families."

"Alongside, a special allocation of Tk. 57 crore has been made to provide cash assistance on monthly basis. An amount of Tk 82.07 crore has been allocated for 91,447 beneficiaries under Employment Generation Programme for the Poorest (EGPP)," he said.

"The initiatives I have discussed so far belong to our regular social protection programmes. Alongside, we undertake social safety net measures depending on special circumstances. You are aware that the people in haor areas suffered huge losses in recent floods and disasters," he added.

Besides, loan recovery will remain postponed until situation is improved, new loan at concessional rates has been disbursed among affected farmers, and facilities for re-scheduling credit have been provided, the finance minister mentioned.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)