Maintenance works of SWAPNO project begins in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA Maintenance works of local government

properties under Strengthening Women's Ability for Productive New

Opportunities (SWAPNO) project began at Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas here

yesterday simultaneously amid much enthusiasm to the concerned.

An inaugural function organized by Udakhali union parishad of Fulchhari

upazila was held at South Burail village of the union on Monday afternoon

with the financial support of marico, Sweden and UNDP.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin addressed the function as chief

guest and deputy director (DD) of Local Government Section of DC office

Rokhsana Begum and Fulchhari UNO Abu Raihan Dolon was present as special


Presided over by Udakhali UP chairman Anwar Hossain, the function was

also addressed, among others, by regional coordinator of the project from

UNDP Ahmedul Kabir Akond, coordinator of Gana Unnayan Kendra Aftab Hossain

and Kanchipara UP chairman Liton Miah.

The speakers said a total of 612 widows, divorced, abandoned and ultra-

poor female workers of the upazials had been selected through lottery and

then involved in the SWAPNO project to help earn economical profit to change

their lots gradually.

The beneficiaries would be engaged in income generating activities

(IGAs) day by day and for this, they would be also imparted training on IGAs

regularly so that they would be self-reliant economically and play vital role

to build poverty and hunger free society, they added.

DC Abdul Matin said each of the beneficiaries would get Taka 200 against

the work per day and of them, Taka 50 would be cut for their savings which

they would get at a time and utilize it for income generating activities like

cow, goat, sheep rearing and poultry farming.

The DC also asked the beneficiary women of the project to do earth

cutting and filling works on the roads five hours and participate in life

skills training one hour every working day as per the schedule of the


The DC also sought whole hearted cooperation of all the upazila

chairmen, UNOs, UP chairmen and secretaries of the project command areas and

other stakeholders of the society to monitor the project properly and make it

fruitful and successful for its further expansion in other parts of the


DD of Local Government Section here Rokhsana Begum said respective union

parishads of the upazilas would implement the project in partnership with a

local reputed non-government organization Gana Unnanyan Kendra (GUK) for the

term of one year and a quarter.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)