The government has built 66,189 houses at a cost of Tk1,168 crore for homeless people on the occasion of the Mujib Year
Thousands of homeless landless families across the country have been celebrating in jubilation and gratitude after receiving homes from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The premier on Saturday distributed homes to 66,189 families alongside rehabilitating 3,715 others in the barracks under the Ashrayan 2 Project as part of the government's pledge to provide houses to all the landless and homeless families on the occasion of Mujib Year and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.
The government has built 66,189 houses at a cost of Tk1,168 crore for homeless people on the occasion of the Mujib Year.
Each of the houses was built on two decimals of land, having two rooms, one balcony, and one toilet besides having a connection of electricity and water.
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After receiving their homes, the families expressed their gratitude to the prime minister by saying their dreams had come true.
In Jessore, 666 families in eight upazilas have received their brick-built houses with land from the prime minister.
A beneficiary named Shahinur Begum said: “I have suffered a lot. Now our mother Sheikh Hasina has given us a place and a house. I am very happy about it. I will pray for her.”
Another van driver, Habil Uddin, said: “I am extremely delighted. I never thought I would get free land and a house.”
In Gaibandha, 846 landless and homeless families have got semi-permanent houses in seven upazilas of the district.
After getting the keys and documents of the house, Latifa Begum from Sadullapur upazila said she had never dreamed that would own a house.
Another beneficiary, Haider Ali, prayed to Allah to keep the prime minister in good health as she had given him land and a house.
A total of 400 houses in five upazilas of Panchagarh district were handed over to the homeless.
From the zero point of Banglabandha union in Tetulia to Sonahar union in Debiganj, thousands of homeless people like Sufia, Selina, Aklima and Hajera were beaming after receiving their houses.
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Thrilled, they prayed for the prime minister and all her family members.
“I am extremely happy . . . I have never been able to construct such a house in my life,” said Parveen of Kathaltala Village at Dumuria Upazila in Khulna District in an emotion-choked voice while talking with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through video conferencing, reports BSS.
A sobbing Parveen said: “My husband gets no work. We spend our days without food now and again. We had no house. Never imagined we would have a house. You [the prime minister] have given us a house and land. May you live long.”
A total of 3,225 families in Khulna division and 922 families in Khulna district received houses and land as a gift from the prime minister.
In Chapainawabganj, 340 houses were distributed among homeless and landless people by the prime minister.
Physically challenged Fatema Begum, who received a house, expressed her gratitude to the premier.
“I was without an address but now your gift (home and land) has given me an address where I can spend a happy life with my husband and children,” she said.
Fatema also sought Allah’s blessings for the premier so she could help and give a happy life to more people.
Our correspondents Tauhid Zaman, Jessore; Tazul Islam Reza, Gaibandha; Sazzadur Rahman Sazzad, Panchagarh, and Hedait Hossain Molla, Khulna contributed to this report.