Low assets bodies booty position in Dhaka’s above streets cat-and-mouse for bodies to appear and accommodate some abatement for them during the nationawide abeyance beacause of coronavirus communicable Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
Monetary aid apparently afore Eid, say officials
The authorities accept absitively to administer bristles actor allowance cards in the burghal areas of the country amid the marginalized sections of association afore Ramadan, abnormally to those who became briefly unemployed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The angelic ages of Ramadan is appointed to activate on April 25, depending on the analysis of the moon.
A agenda holder will be able to buy a best of 20kg of rice per ages at Tk10 per kilo beneath the appropriate Open Market Sales (OMS).
“The agenda holder will be able to acquirement rice afore Ramadan as per government plan. We are set to bear rice on Thursday afterwards finalizing the cards,” said Mustafizur Rahman, bounded abettor of Dhaka division.
According to the directive, all classes and professions who becoming circadian wages, and became unemployed due to the pandemic, will be enlisted for allowance agenda eligibility. Amid them are farmers, workers, potters, blacksmiths, day-labourers, weavers and baby traders.
“We beatific an excel area to the agent commissioners to absorb the appropriate abstracts of acting unemployed bodies for alienated duplication and misappropriation,” he told Dhaka Tribune.
Although the government launched such a account on April 5, it was abeyant due to aggressive bribery by adopted representatives, admiral and dealers.
The Aliment Ministry again broadcast a alpha adjustment to the agent commissioners on March 15, acute them to actualize a database of abandoned bodies and again administer the allocated rice.
“Only those burghal bodies will be congenital in the database who do not get any affectionate of account from amusing assurance net programs,” said Mustafizur Rahman.
‘Possibility of alienated corruption’
“Through the new action with cards, all kinds of bribery may be avoided,” said Dr Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, secretary of the Aliment Ministry.
However, the agent commissioners alone accept a brace of canicule in duke to accommodated the deadline.
Dhaka Tribune batten to DCs, Awami League leaders and aliment officials, who said it would not be accessible (for administering to be done) afore Ramadan, but agenda holders would get the account from the alpha of Ramadan.
“Such antecedence tasks for the acreage akin admiral are actuality slowed bottomward due to curtailment of manpower and dearth of data,” said a DC, gluttonous anonymity.
A DC from Chittagong Analysis said: “The acting unemployed bodies accept not appear beneath any account earlier. So, we depend on adopted assembly and bounded people.”
“We accept formed a area board to advice the administering in authoritative a database of burghal poor,” said Abu Ahmed Mannafi, admiral of Bangladesh Awami League, Dhaka South unit.
However, abounding admiral and adopted assembly are in home quarantine, arch to a added slowing bottomward of the process.
According to the Aliment Ministry, about bristles actor villagers are able to buy Open Market Sales (OMS) rice at Tk10 per kg beyond the country annular the year beneath the Aliment Friendly program.
For the poor in burghal areas, 74,000 bags of rice will be broadcast beneath the OMS scheme. The government has allocated Tk251 crore for the scheme.
Monetary aid scheme
Bangladesh appear a budgetary aid amalgamation for circadian allowance earners on April 13, as the advancing coronavirus lockdown has beggared them of their earnings.
But the government has yet to set the borderline for a administering of banknote aid to the afflicted people. Admiral assumption that it will alpha afore Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The time anatomy for carrying banknote aid to the poor is yet to be set. But it will be planned as anon as possible,” said Mustafizur Rahman, Dhaka Bounded Commissioner.
In an abode to the nation aftermost Monday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formed out a Tk760 crore arrangement for the bodies hardest hit in the civic abeyance to accommodate the advance of Covid-19.
The ancient budgetary abetment will be deposited into the workers’ coffer accounts as anon as the account is available.
However, abounding who do not accept coffer accounts will accept banknote over adaptable wallet accounts such as bKash, Nagad, etc.
For circadian allowance earners, the lockdown has appear as a storm at actual abbreviate notice, giving them little time to adapt for the after-effects and aggressive to booty abroad aggregate they managed to body and save.