Poor benefit as employment project ends in Rangpur

A Taka 118.53-crore second phase special Employment Generation Project
for the Poorest (EGPP) just ended successfully in Rangpur division
benefiting 1,69,339 ultra poor people, officials said.
“Each of the EGPP card holder beneficiaries worked for five days a
week to earn Taka 7,000 as wages per head for their 40-day works,”
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officers (DRRO) Mokhlesur Rahman of
Dinajpur and Abdus Salam of Rangpur said.
They said the beneficiary ultra poor men and women in the rural areas
of all 58 upazilas in the division conducted development works to earn
per day wage of Taka 175 through banks accounts opened with only Taka
10 in their respective areas.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief allocated Taka
118,53,73,000 under the government’s social safety networks for the
1,69,339 ultra poor to create jobs for them in Rangpur division under
the second-phase of special EGPP.
The beneficiaries conducted development works like cleaning weeds,
preparing compost heaps, renovating, repairing and conducting
earth-filling works for bridges, culverts, roads, water-bodies, ponds,
canals, institutions etc.
Under the programme, the government had allocated Taka 22,28,73,000
for 31,839 ultra poor beneficiaries in all eight upazilas of Rangpur
and the infrastructural development works were implemented smoothly
under strict supervision.
Taka 22,36,36,000 was allocated for 31,948 beneficiaries in Kurigram,
Taka 6,70,74,000 for 9,582 in Lalmonirhat, Taka 13,69,96,000 for
19,428 in Gaibandha and Taka 20,98,04,000 for 29,972 beneficiaries in
Besides, Taka 15,19,00,000 was allocated for 21,700 beneficiaries in
Dinajpur, Taka 9,76,22,000 for 13,946 in Thakurgaon and Taka
7,64,68,000 for 10,924 beneficiaries in Panchagarh under the programme
this season.
Talking to BSS, beneficiaries Abdus Salam, Mollika Begum, Sahidur
Rahman, Kalpona Rani and Taufikur Rahman of different villages said
they were highly benefited through earning Taka 875 every week under
the just ended EGPP programme.
Beneficiaries Shadhona Rani, Marjina Begum and Sabiha Khatun said the
programme helped them substantially in making some deposits and they
are working in farmlands and other places now after the EGPP to earn
better wages per day to lead normal life.
(BSS, Rangpur)

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