The government is implementing Ashrayan Project-2, a rehabilitation endeavor for the homeless across the country. The Prime Minister Office (PMO) has undertaken the massive project in 2010 to rehabilitate 2.50 lakh people across the country.
A total of 2,97,886 families have been rehabilitated under the project, launched in 1997, in three phases across the country, he said, adding that the first two phases of the scheme were successfully completed in 2010. However, the government has amended the project increasing the duration by three years for proper implementation as more people will need rehabilitating for expanding the boundaries of the Cox’s Bazaar airport.
People of the area will be rehabilitated at Khurushkul Mouja of Cox's Bazar.
A total of 139 multi-storied buildings and a tower after the name of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be constructed in Cox's Bazar under the project.
Under the Tk 4,826 crore scheme, the government has already rehabilitated a total of 1,91,953 families from July 2010 till now and the project would be completed by June 2022.
Ashrayan Project, one of the 10 priority projects of the prime minister, was designed to provide the distressed people with homes and other supports to be self-reliant.
The main objective of the project is to make the homeless, landless and shelter-less poor people capable of running their own income-generating initiatives having interest-free loan and training on various trades to make them economically independent.
The activities of the project will be accelerated in future to alleviate poverty for achieving Vision-2021 of the present government and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The project aims to alleviate the poverty of the landless and homeless families of the country. The project is also focused to improve their living conditions, education, health and earning opportunities.
The main work of the project is, constructing 3,950 barracks, constructing of 5,400 sheet barracks in different islands, and constructing of 5,270 semi-pucca barracks in other parts of the country. Apart from these, for such families who have their lands but do not have any house, for them the government will construct 3,710 semi-pucca houses and 1,66,290 single houses.