None left out of safety net, says Speaker

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Desk Report:

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Sunday said no people from the remote areas of the country are out of government’s social safety net.

She said government has taken many social safety net projects like ‘One House One farm’ and Char Development and Settlement Project (CDSP) projects for the development of the women, children, elderlies, Dalits, Haor and Char areas’ people and others who are lagging behind.

“If we analyze these components and action plans taken by the government, which are being implemented, we see that no people of the country’s remote areas are out of social safety programmes,” said the Speaker.

The Speaker came up with the remarks at a national convention titled “Our duties for ensuring poverty alleviation and fundamental rights” organised by All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) at the Public Library in the city.

The Speaker urged all the stakeholders to work together from their respective positions to implement the dream of creating a poverty-free Bangladesh.

Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission, presented the keynote in the inaugural session of the convention.
He said government has become successful in reducing the percentage of poverty, which is now 24.3 percent while it was 34.4 in 2000 and government is also increasing the budget allocation for ensuring the rights of the marginalized and poor people.

Mentioning that people of the country are suffering from income discrimination Shamsul Alam said the upcoming challenge of Bangladesh will be decreasing this discrimination and for this government has to formulate plans and implement those so that the poor people can enjoy the benefits of the growths.

Urging to confirm good governance, transparency and accountability for ensuring social safety for all Alam also said by increasing taxation coverage, government can add more funds to allocate in this sector, he added.

State Minister for Women and Children Affirs Meher Afroze Chumki, Faruk Khan MP, eminent writer and educationist Prof Anisuzzaman among others spoke with chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Dipu Moni in the chair.

Addressing the programme Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said Food Rights Act can contribute to reduce poverty from the country as the law made it binding on government to provide food for all.

The minister also urged authorities concerned to take initiatives to ensure the rights of internet to all the people.
All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) secretary general Shishir Shil moderated the programme. unb

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