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Tk 21.71 crore employment programme begins in Rangpur
RANGPUR, April 9 (BSS)- Taka 21,71,26,000 second phase special Employment Generation Project for the Poorest (EGPP) kicked-off in the district today for creating job opportunities for the ultra poor, officials said.

Under the programme, 31,018 ultra poor people including distressed women in all 83 unions under eight upazilas in the district will earn Taka 175 per day wages for 40 working days onwards per head for five days in a week.

Deputy Commissioner (Joint Secretary) BM Enamul Haque formally inaugurated the programme today by launching earthworks at a graveyard near Bahagili Madrasha under Kursha union parishad in Kawnia upazila.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) Mokhlesur Rahman, Kawnia UNO Sultana Parveen, Kawnia upazila vice-chairman, chairmen and members of all union parishads in Kawnia upazila and local elite were present.

Mokhlesur Rahman told BSS that the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management has allocated the money under the government's social safety networks to create jobs for the ultra poor to assist them leading normal life by earning wages during lean periods.

"The project will continue till June next and each of the
card-holder beneficiaries will work five-day in a week to earn Taka 7,000 as wages per head for their 40-day works during the two-month period," he added.

The beneficiaries will conduct infrastructural development works like cleaning of weeds, preparing compost heaps, repairing and earth-filling for bridges, culverts, roads, water bodies, ponds, canals, educational and religious institutions. The poorer section people of Rangpur passed a monga-free lean period for the third consecutive last year and the ongoing EGPP will help them in earning extra wages, Deputy Commissioner BM Enamul Haque said.

Talking to BSS on the inaugural spot today, beneficiaries Mohsina Begum, Swapna, Alamin and Shah Alam thanked the government for launching the special EGPP to assist them in earning additional wages at this lean period.

Under the programme, Taka 4,56,61,000 has been allocated for
6,523 beneficiaries in Sadar, Taka 2,06,71,00 for 2,953 in Kawnia, Taka 2,45,07,000 for 3,501 in Badarganj and Taka 1,11,86,000 for 1,589 beneficiaries in Taraganj upazilas.

Besides, Taka 236,53,000 has been allocated for 3,389 beneficiaries in Gangachara, Taka 2,95,12,000 for 4,216 beneficiaries in Pirganj, Taka 3,65,82,000 for 5,226 beneficiaries in Mithapukur and Taka 2,53,54,000 for 3,622 beneficiaries in Pirgachha upazilas.

"We have completed all formalities for successful implementation of the EGPP in all 83 unions in the district and the beneficiaries will get their wages through banks accounts opened at only Taka 10 in their respective area," the DRRO said.
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