Everyone to have a shelter: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said no one in Bangladesh would remain without shelter as her government was working to ensure access to affordable housing options for all.
"Everyone will get an address," she said while distributing newly constructed flats among 300 families who had been living in slums of the capital.
The PM handed over allocation papers of the new flats to the families on rental basis. The housing and public works ministry implemented the project through constructing three 14-storey buildings at Mirpur-11.
The event was held at the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The PM joined the programme virtually from the Gono Bhaban.
Hasina said, "This is the Bangladesh of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Everyone in Bangladesh will get a better life…that's our aim."
The PM said she thinks that materialising the dream of the Father of the Nation is synonymous with the development of Bangladesh.
Hasina said no one could think about the welfare of the country and its people like Bangabandhu did.
About those living in slum-like areas, the premier said the government would arrange proper accommodation for them.
She said had Bangabandhu been alive, the people of Bangladesh would have had a developed life within 10 years of the country's independence with urban-rural balanced development.
"This is unfortunate [for Bangladesh] that he didn't get the time as August 15 [killing] took him away. He didn't get the chance to materialise his dream to reshape every village in a planned way," the PM said.
Regarding the multi-storey integrated office building in Madaripur, where all government services will be available under one roof, Hasina said saving the land of the country should always be in mind while carrying out development activities.
"We did it in Madaripur first. Gradually, we will do the same in every district and upazila for the convenience of people to avail themselves of all types of government services from one place."
The premier said the government has a plan to construct flats at the upazila level to address the accommodation problem of public servants.
State Minister for Housing and Public Works Sharif Ahmed and Secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker also spoke at the programme.