36 lakh affected families to get financial assistance from Prime Minister

Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will provide financial assistance to 36 lakh  families affected by the ongoing coronavirus situation and natural disasters.

Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim confirmed the matter on Sunday (April 18). He said the Prime Minister would provide financial assistance of Tk. 2,500 and Rs 5,000 per head 36 lakh families affected by coronavirus and natural calamity. The government will spend Tk. 930 crore for this.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension, 10,301 hectares of crop land out of 3,094,249 hectares of crop land in 36 districts of the country were completely damaged and 59,326 hectares of crop land was partially damaged due to strong winds, hailstorms and cyclones on April 4. It appears that 1 lakh farmers have been directly affected by this.

The Ministry of Agriculture has recommended providing financial assistance at the rate of Tk. 5,000 per person to these unemployed and affected farmers as a result of Covid-19. Tk. 50 crore will be required for this. The Ministry of Agriculture is in the process of preparing a list of affected farmers (name, national identity card number and mobile number). The amount of money required may be more or less if this list is finalized.

Sources further said that in the last 2019-20 financial year, cash assistance was provided to about 35 lakh families by screening 50 lakh families affected by the Corona in Mujib year. On May 12, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the G2P process to provide cash assistance directly to the victims.

This time, the provision of cash assistance can be made from the funds allocated in the revised budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 under the budget of the Finance Division for the Corona Virus Outbreak Fund. It is to be noted here that if the proposal is considered, in the light of previous experience, the financial assistance can be paid directly to those included in the list stored in the database of the Finance Division in a very short time.

Consideration is being given to re-providing financial assistance to the day laborers, farmers, laborers, domestic workers, motor workers and other occupations affected by the imposition of overall restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from April 14, 2020-21.