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Fishermen to be brought under VGF at haor areas: Maya

DHAKA- Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, today said fishermen along with farmers at haorareas will be brought under vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme.

"They became workless like farmers in the areas due to flash flood, so the government has decided to bring fishermen under VGF programme," he told this at a review meeting on flood situation at haor areas at his ministry's conference here.

The minister said the government would also arrange alternative employment for fishermen, adding, "We have already disbursed Taka 10-15 crore on district basis and the programme would be implemented through union chairmen under a 40-day employment programme."

Among others, disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal, director general of disaster management department M Reaz Ahmad and officials concerned were present in the meeting.

Maya said the government would bring 3.30 lakh marginal poor people under VGF programme in the areas, adding, "If the number is increased they also would get this support."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)