DHAKA, June 1, 2017 (BSS)- An allocation of Taka 8,853 crore has been made for the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry in the proposed budget for fiscal (FY) 2017-2018.
The allocation is Taka 94 crore less than the revised budget of the previous FY 2016-17 of Taka 8,947 crore. The proposed budget of the fiscal 2016-17 for the ministry was Taka 8,005 crore.
Of the total allocated Taka 8,853 crore, Taka 2,985 crore will be spent under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) and Taka 5,867 crore under non- development sector.
Placing the budget proposals at the Jatiya Sangsad here today, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said, ongoing activities to increase awareness and resilience regarding earthquake and other disaster management will be continued. "Besides, we have plans to build flood shelters and relief silos and construct and renovate Mujib killas in disaster prone districts," he said. Mentioning that Bangladesh is known as a disaster prone country for natural and geographical reasons, the minister said the country's resilience in facing disasters and organizational skills to manage them has now been recognized and acclaimed worldwide.
"Inherent in this capability is the indomitable spirit of our people supported by long term realistic plans and strategies of the government," he said adding "in this connection, we have adopted the Disaster Management Plan 2016-20 to tackle disasters in an integrated manner.
Noting that the people in haor areas suffered huge losses in recent floods and disasters the minister said the government has taken up an emergency measure to provide 30 kg of rice per month to each of 3.30 lakh bonafide destitute and flood affected families.
He said a special allocation of Taka 57 crore has been made to provide cash-assistance on monthly basis. And Taka 82.07 crore has been allocated for 91,447 beneficiaries under Employment Generation Programme for the Poorest (EGPP).
Besides, the minister said 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.
"We have set targets of creating mangrove gardens in 20,000 hectares, participatory block gardens in 17,500 hectares and strip gardens in 3,600 km of land within the next three fiscal years for afforestation, conservation of environment, preservation of wildlife and prevention of natural disasters, Muhith said.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)