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BNP wants permanent accommodation for slum dwellers

  • Published at 06:41 pm June 8th, 2021
Mohakhali slum fire
Over 100 shanties were gutted in a massive fire at a slum in Dhaka’s Mohakhali area early Monday, June 7, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

It calls the govt to carry out a fair probe over the Mohakhali slum fire

BNP on Tuesday has demanded the government to arrange permanent accommodation for slum dwellers. 

"The government's first priority should be to ensure permanent accommodation for them (slum dwellers). Adequate compensation must be paid to those who have been affected by fire here," said the party's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. 

The BNP leader made the demand while talking to the reporters after visiting the fire-ravaged Sattola slum in Mohakhali. Over a hundred shanties of the slum were gutted in a fire on Monday. 

Fakhrul also urged the government to carry out a fair investigation to identify the reasons behind the fire incident.

He said floating and homeless people like domestic helps, rickshaw-pullers, and cobblers live in slums. 

"It's been 50 years since the country became independent, but we still couldn't ensure people's basic rights like accommodation, food, and clothing," the BNP leader said. 

He said the government is implementing mega projects spending thousands of crores of taka, but it is not taking any effective steps to ease the sufferings of the homeless and the poor people. 

Fakhrul said the government can allot khas land for the accommodation of the homeless people. 

Expressing solidarity with the fire victims of the slum, he assured them of providing financial assistance for them from their party shortly. 

BNP Organizing Secretary Shama Obaid, executive committee member Tabith Awal and senior leaders of the party's Dhaka north city unit were present there.

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