2,000 cold-stricken people get blankets in C’nawabganj


RAJSHAHI, Jan 24, 2016 (BSS) – A total of 2,000 cold-stricken distressed people in Char Alatali and Char Narayanpur Union Parishads under Sadar upazila of Chapainawabganj district received blankets in two separate places under the UPs yesterday, sources concerned here said today.

Agriculture Sustainable and Socio Economic Development (ASSEDO) under its “Nodi O Jiban Project-2” sponsored the warm clothes for the distressed and marginalised community to lessen their sufferings to some extent.

Uttara Bank Limited, Unnoyan Somonnoy and Concern Worldwide supported the endeavor initiated by corporate social responsibility programme of Bangladesh Bank. Main thrust of the five-year Nodi O Jiban programme is to ensure food security of the extreme poor community through involving them in diversified productive and income generating activities.

Under the scheme, the 3144-targeted families were also given seeds of different crops including wheat, black grams, maize, groundnut and potato, 145 goats and 12 sewing machines to recoup their losses caused by the devastated floods in last monsoon.

ASSEDO Executive Director Rabiul Alam and its Project Manager Moktar Hossain, UP Chairmen Khowaz Uddin and Advocate Alamgir Kabir, Members Matuara Begum, Altab Hossain, Azim Uddin, Morjina Begum and Sirajul Islam were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, they unequivocally called for uplifting livelihood condition of the vulnerable char people in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts.

They said around 30,000 families live in the riverbeds of the Padma under the two districts and they are deprived of most of the fundamental rights including education, health and sanitation.

The cold weather made their overall livelihood condition marooned as they are facing more cold bite than that of the mainland.

Various government and development organisations distribute warm clothes in the city and town areas but most of them are reluctant to go to the char like remotest areas, whereas the char people are the most sufferers, they mentioned.