RANGPUR, May 29, 2017 (BSS) -Over 40,000 families become self-reliant thanks to the 'Ektee Bari, Ektee Khamar - One House, One Farm (EBEK)' project in the rural areas of the district.
The initiative has been effectively eliminating abject poverty, already made more than 40 thousand families self-reliant in rural areas of Rangpur district.
The information was disclosed by Deputy Director of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) Md Abdus Sabur while taking part in two video conferencing programmes held today at separate places here in Pirganj upazila.
The District Information Office organised the programmes at Kataduar Government Primary School and house of Amjeda Begum in village Hossainpur to inform common people about the EBEK project, one of the Prime Minister's 10 special initiatives.
Moderated by Senior District Information Officer Humayun Kobir, the BRDB Deputy Director answered various questions asked by villagers through video conferencing on progress and various aspects of the EBEK project.
Former Head of the Department of Bengali of Rangpur Government Begum Rokeya College Professor Md Shah Alam was present as the chief guest.
Assistant Information Officer Tasmia Tamanna, officials of the EBEK project Ariful Islam and Mansur Hazaz, members of the Village Development Samities (VDSs) and common people were present.
The villagers asked the BRDB Deputy Director to explain about the EBEK project, its prospect, procedures for becoming members of the VDSs and getting loans and other related issues. The BRDB Deputy Director explained about procedures for formation of VDSs, digitised facilities being provided by the project as well as 'Palli Sanchoy Bank (PSB)' in the process of building a poverty-free Bangladesh.
"A total of over 40 thousand beneficiary member-families of over one thousand VDSs under all 76 unions in eight upazilas of the district have got training and revolving loans so far for income generation activities," Sabur said.
"Most of the families have already attained self-reliance through various farm and income generation activities with assistance of the completely digitised EBEK project," he mentioned.
The project has been assisting the rural poor in attaining sustainable development through poverty alleviation, fund mobilisation, income generations and family level farming in building a developed Bangladesh free from poverty, he added.
While narrating their successes, some project beneficiaries expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for assisting them to improve livelihoods through the EBEK project and called for bringing more rural people under such facilities in future.
Deputy Director of BRDB Abdus Sabur said more than one thousand VDSs currently have their own deposits of over Taka 21.50 crore and distributed Taka 66 crore 87 lakh so far as revolving loans among member-families in the district.
"The VDSs are being run now under supervision of EBEK project to assist beneficiaries in running small businesses or farms like fishery, livestock, poultry, nursery and vegetable gardening to achieve further success," he added.
Highly lauding the EBEK project, the chief guest hoped that successful implementation of the project by 2020 would definitely eliminate poverty from rural areas in the district as well in the country as a whole.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)