Employment in Rangpur

The first-phase of the ongoing employment generation programme (EGP) during this lean period got its full momentum throughout the country including Rangpur Division from today.

The government has allocated Taka 419,99,99,980 for the first-phase that will continue till December 31 next creating job
opportunities for 6.30 lakh ultra poor including women in all 64
districts, official sources said.

Each of the selected beneficiaries will earn Taka 6,000 for their 40-day works during the period with Taka 150 per day wages for five days in a week through conducting development activities including earth-filling works.

The Ministry of Food and Disaster Management has allocated the huge amount under the government’s massive social safety networks to provide jobs to the ultra poor during the peak hour of the seasonal lean period.

The works under the ongoing EGP started beginning from the third week of October and the same were launched in full swing elsewhere in the country from today.

Under the EGP, Taka 70,80,12,000 has been allocated for 1,18,002 beneficiaries in all eight districts of Rangpur division during this outgoing weakest ever seasonal lean period `monga’.

Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur BM Enamul Haque today
formally launched the programme in the district by inaugurating
repairing and earth-filling works of the Kishamat Sherpur-
Soyrabari road under Gangachara upazila.

The poorer section people, distressed women, jobless farm
and day-labourers have been working now under the first- phase
programme in all 58 upazilas of eight districts in the poverty-
prone Rangpur division as elsewhere in the country.

The administrations earlier prepared lists of the
beneficiaries in a transparent manner before providing EGP cards
and the beneficiaries will get wages through banks accounts
opened at only Taka 10 at the banks of their respective areas.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) of Rangpur
Mokhlesur Rahman told BSS that the EGP has been planned for
assisting the poorer section in combating seasonal job crisis
during the seasonal lean period.

The ongoing works under the EGP include earth-filling works
in the institutions, cleaning of weeds, preparing compost
fertilizer heaps, renovation, repairing and earth-filling works
for bridges, culverts, roads, water bodies, ponds, canals etc.

Rangpur Deputy Commissioner BM Enamul Haque today informed
BSS that adequate steps have been taken to conduct the programme
successfully in a completely transparent manner.

“Proper supervisions are being conducted to ensure welfare
of the targeted group of people and if found, tough measures will
be taken against any irregularities and the responsible persons,”
he added.

While talking to BSS today, a number of beneficiaries
including women thanked the government for launching the EGP that
help them in overcoming the softest ever seasonal lean period
very successfully this year.

RANGPUR, Oct 31 (BSS)

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