Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: 34 beggars from two UPs in Cox’s Bazar Sadar received gift materials from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to ensure livelihood by giving up begging.
The materials were distributed on behalf of the Sadar Upazila administration at the Arunodaya Hallroom of the school for children with special needs yesterday afternoon.
It was informed at the meeting that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is making efforts to build a beggar-free country to build a self-reliant Bangladesh. As part of this, the journey has been started in Cox’s Bazar with 34 beggars from Jhilangja and Islamabad UP of Cox’s Bazar Sadar. Beneficiary families are initially provided with two months’ worth of food and livelihood items on demand. These materials include poultry, goats, rickshaws and other sewing machines. Many are starting small businesses with money.
The guests in the meeting said – “The Prophet taught us not to beg. From that philosophy, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took the initiative ‘earn for a living, not begging’. In the post-liberation period, when Bangabandhu started working on that initiative, he and his family were assassinated by misguided people a few days later. After that, the next government did not take any initiative to prevent dependency.”
After many years, when Awami League came to power, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, resumed the initiatives taken by Bangabandhu. With the efforts of the Prime Minister, initiatives have been started to make the unemployed and beggars self-reliant all over the country. The journey has started in Cox’s Bazar with 34 beggars from two UPs, they also said.
The chief guest DC Md. Kamal Hossain said the activities will be gradually spread in the entire district. After Sadar, the journey will start at Kutubdia, Maheshkhali, Ukhiya-Teknaf. 1,501 people have been identified as beggars in the district. They will be rehabilitated in phases
Steps have been taken to supervise those who are being rehabilitated, the DC also said, adding, “It will be ensured that they do not return to begging for the next two years. Thus Cox’s Bazar will be declared beggar-free. This is also very important in the interest of tourism.”
He requested the administration as well as the rich to come forward in this initiative.
Presided over Cox’s Bazar Sadar UNO Suraiya Akhter Sweety, the program was attended by officials, district Awami League leaders and many others.
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