Currently, 8,000 employee are working under the project
Employees under ‘One House One Farm Project’ and Palli Sonchoy Bank (PSB) have demanded regularization of their jobs and held protests against alleged corruption by the bank's chairman and managing director.
They made the demand at a press conference at National Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday. After the press briefing, they also formed a human chain.
Mohammad Solaiman, joint secretary of 'One House One Farm Project’ and Palli Sonchoy Bank Officer and Employees' Association, read out a written speech at the briefing, pressing for their seven-point charter of demands.
Among the demands are immediately publishing a circular for ensuring permanent job in Palli Sonchoy Bank for those under the project, increment and daily payment due in the last three years, promotion, stalling new appointment before ensuring the job adjustment and other facility and arresting the corrupt officer of Palli Sonchoy Bank.
"Currently, 8,000 employee are working under the project. We want permanent job for those employees who have worked for nine years under the project and for three years in the bank," Mohammad Solaiman said.
"We want trial of PSB Chairman Mihir Kanti Mojumdar and Managing Director Akbar Hossain for their corruption," he added.
In 2016, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the 3rd revision of the 'One House One Farm Project raising its cost by Tk6,813.27 crore, aiming to reduce the country's poverty rate to 10 percent by 2020.
The Rural Development and Cooperatives Division under the Ministry of LGRD has been implementing the 3rd Revision of the project which will end by June 2020 with an estimated cost of Tk8010.27 crore.
The project is being implemented at 40,950 wards under 4550 unions in 490 upazilas of the country's 64 districts.
On July 30, 2013, Ecnec approved the 2nd revision of the 'Ektee Bari, Ektee Khamar (One House One Farm) project involving Tk3,163 crore to cover its activities at every village of the country.
The original project received Ecnec's approval in November 2009 with an estimated cost of Tk1,197 crore and with duration from July 2009 to June 2014.
Later, the project was revised (1st revision) by slashing its duration by one year and by re-fixing its cost at Tk1,493 crore. The first revised project covers a total of 1932 unions of the country while under the 2nd revision the project covers all the unions.