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New initiative to free Bangladesh of beggary

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  1. Mage

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    New initiative to free Bangladesh of beggary
    Shafiqul Islam
    • Published at 05:26 pm July 5th, 2018
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    Finance Ministry sources said the government wants to curb panhandling across the country— considering it an “insulting” prospect for a country that recently achieved developing-country status Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
    According to Local Government Division sources, a multi-purpose activity will be launched to support beggars, so that they can save capital to achieve financial stability and self-dependence.

    The government has taken a new initiative to free Bangladesh of panhandlers and beggary.

    As part of the initiative, moves such as organizing grassroots level beggars; urging them to save more; and providing them with financial support and skills-training; will soon be introduced, reports the Bangla Tribune.

    According to Local Government Division sources, a multi-purpose activity will be launched to support beggars, so that they can save capital to achieve financial stability and self-dependence.

    An initiative is already underway to identify beggars and panhandlers across the country.

    Union Parishad chairmen will be tasked with creating a list of beggars. The list will be scrutinized and these panhandlers will be brought into a rehabilitation program.

    Listed beggars will be provided with loans—allowing them to launch small businesses, raise animals, and start farming vegetables.

    To this end, one of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leading projects named “Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar” (One House, One Farm) will be expanded.

    ‘One House, One Farm’ expanded

    Meanwhile, insiders from the Finance Ministry revealed that the “Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar” project is currently being implemented with an aim to make 6,000,000 families self-dependent.

    Funding for this project was increased this fiscal year to expand the social security net and increase the number of its beneficiaries.

    The ministry sources added that the government wants to curb panhandling across the country— considering it an “insulting” prospect for a country that recently achieved developing-country status.

    Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, sources from the Local Government Division said that beggars will be sorted into groups of 10-12 members, based on lists sourced from the grassroots level.

    These groups will be turned into associations, and then the associations will be brought under the government initiative.

    Responding to a query, “Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar” project Director Akbar Hossain said: “This project has made significant contributions to alleviating poverty in Bangladesh, and it will continue to do so in the future.

    “The project might be further expanded, as the government has multi-purpose initiatives regarding it.”

    Addressing the issue, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told the correspondent: “No one in this country begs because of poverty—that level of paucity does not exist anymore in Bangladesh. Some people are begging for other reasons.

    “These people are flooding the city of Dhaka and engaging in panhandling. If the government fails to stop them, its projects for alleviating poverty will be disrupted.”

    He added that curbing begging is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

    “In accordance to the promise made by the prime minister, no Bangladeshi will remain homeless. We will allocate more funds to the EktiBari, Ekti Khamar project, so that it can be expanded,” Muhith said.

    According to sources for the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, this initiative has already been implemented as a pilot project in Kishoreganj Upazila of Nilphamari, and the region is presently beggary-free.

    Gradually, regions suffering from river erosion, hill tract districts, and northern parts of Bangladesh will be brought under this project.

    The Awami League-led government launched the “Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar” project in 1998. However, the BNP government halted the initiative in 2001. The project was re-launched by the Awami League government in 2009.

    The project currently encompasses 40,527 wards under 4,503 unions of 485 upazilas in 64 districts. More than 2,500,000 poverty-stricken families are being supported by this initiative.

    As of 2018, around 3,558,000 families have achieved self-dependence under this project— which has been extended till the year 2020.

    https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangla.../new-initiative-to-free-bangladesh-of-beggary
     
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    Excellent initiative.
     
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    very good step .
     
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    Ohh come on!!! These are habitual beggars and no rehabilitation will make them more money than begging.
     
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    nice
     
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    Agreed...

    We have to apply brute force, gentle measures will not work with them!
     
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    there are plenty of beggar-gangs around in the major cities. sometimes they cut off hand-leg to make it seem more realistic. they have rules, where and who to sit and beg.

    Some of their godfather owns multi storied buildings and heavy bank balance. but the root level beggers are oppressed by them.
     
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  8. Michael Corleone

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    These rotten spineless individuals will not stop no matter what how much rehabilitation happens. There’s only one way which is also controversial.... sterilization
     
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    Some of the beggars are genuine.

    BD government needs to try this first and then if people are still doing it it can take harsh measures against them.
     
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    My solution:
    Take the beggars by force to camps, give them basic living space, a small salary (1000 taka) and some basic work. They have to be taken far away from Dhaka, to an undisclosed location, so that they cannot be rescued by the gangs / overlords. Possibly keep them in chains if they try to run away.

    After 5 years of this, they will be clean, and can be resettled.
     
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    Their is illness in any society, even the mighty economy powerhouse like US, Japan, South Korea is not spared from beggar or panhandlers.
     
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    Fakkuruddins govt tried this first. Failed because to beggars being on the streets is more profitable. Houses were made to accommodate homeless and ration system introduced. Didn’t work out all that well.
     
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    The article begs alot of questions.

    Why is everything an insult? You are Not japanese.

    You have a stark economic divide. Worsened after 1971.
     
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    Do not please include Japan. The govt here has arranged employment opportunities for both the physical and mental handicapped persons since when I do not know. There are vagabonds here but not beggars. By nature, the Japanese are proud people that inhibit them from begging. Many normal people commit suicide by jumping from a mountain if cannot come out of his economic fall due to some unavoidable circumstances. But, he would not beg. Police also will not allow him to do so.

    I have never seen a BD Hindu to beg, but the Muslims do it regularly. Why I do not know.
     
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    I have seen them with my eyes while in Japan. You can see them in and around Shibuya wards. Beggar is exist in every country. Although in Japan case their is not in large number though recent economic hardship and dwindling of Youth workforce will mean more hardship for gov. spending to provide social protection in near future