30,000 indigent freedom fighters to get houses
Dhaka, March 16: The government will build 30,000 houses or 'heroic homes' for the indigent freedom fighters, biranganas, martyred freedom fighters, widows and children of the late freedom fighters. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will give the residences as gifts on the occasion of Mujib Borsho and 50 years of Independence celebrations including enhancing their social status and socio-economic development.
To this end, a project titled 'Building Housing for Indigent Freedom Fighters' is going to be approved at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday (March 18).
The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Deputy Commissioner's Office (Metropolitan) and Upazila Nirbahi Officer's Office.
The project will be implemented from January this year to June 2023. It will cost Tk 4,122.98 crore. The entire amount will be spent from the government treasury. The project will be implemented in all upazilas and metropolises of 64 districts of all parts of the country.
In this regard, the Minister for Liberation War Affairs AQM Mozammel Haque said, "Indigent freedom fighters are going to get good news. They will be given a heroic abode. The matter has also been discussed with the Prime Minister. Financially indigent freedom fighters will get this house. Those who are completely crippled, can't do anything, they will get it too."
Asked how the houses of the indigent freedom fighters would be secured, the minister said, "There are policies to identify them, there are three committees."
"First the freedom fighters will select under the leadership of the Upazila Nirbahi Officer. Then if anyone has any objection, you can inform the deputy commissioner. If justice is not done there too, objections can be lodged with the Divisional Commissioner. Even then, if anyone objects that they have not received justice, they can appeal to the Ministry of Liberation War. The committee that is in charge of this will go directly and see if the freedom fighter is indigent or not."
The project is included in the list of unapproved new projects without allocation in the Annual Development Program (ADP) for the current financial year.
The main activities of this project are construction of 30,000 hero houses, purchase of office equipment, purchase of outsourcing services, purchase of furniture, honorarium / reward, purchase of electrical equipment etc.
The Planning Commission was of the view that if the project is implemented, the social status and socio-economic development of the indigent freedom fighters, heroines, martyred freedom fighters, widows and children of the late freedom fighters will be enhanced.