Non-government employees, slum dwellers to get flat: PM

Non-government employees, slum dwellers to get flat: PM

Staff Correspondent

Published: 15:20 15 July 2019   Updated: 19:23 15 July 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, File Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, File Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said that her government has taken such initiative so that slum dwellers, including government, non-government employees, would also get the opportunity to live in the flats.  

No person of Bangladesh would be homeless, she said, adding that every man will get house and land.

The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating 1671 new buildings under seven housing development projects for ministries, senior secretaries, secretaries and grade-1 employees of the government at Eskaton Garden area in the capital. 

 “We inaugurated 1671 flats under seven schemes with having modern facilities for cabinet members, secretaries, other government officials and employees as well as the affected people,” she said. 

Four of the seven projects have been completed by Public Works Department while three others by National Housing Authority and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) under the Housing and Public Works Ministry.

Sheikh Hasina said the government is providing all sorts of facilities to public servants for the sake of the county's development. "We're arranging every sort of facilities for them just for one reason: development of the country," she said. 

The prime minister said, “I hope the government officers and employees will give more attention to discharge their duties getting residence facilities in the project area with beautiful environment.”

She said that she had already given the instruction to increase the accommodation facilities for the government officials and employees to 40 percent in Dhaka which was only 8 percent in 2014.

“We are set to build 6350 flats under 16 projects of the Housing and Public Works Ministry and there have been allocation for building 1674 more flats under 13 other schemes,” she said.

Besides, the work of constructing 398 flats in 20 abandoned house in Gulshan, Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur areas here and 1824 flats and 64 dormitories in 51 abandoned houses in Chattogram is going on while initiatives have already been taken to build 317 flats by acquiring 15 more abandoned houses, she informed.

“We have already built 1512 flats for the Supreme Court judges, officers and employees of parliament secretariat as well as other government officers and employees and distributed those to them,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina said that her government has already taken initiative to construct 2816 dormitories in 64 districts to increase the housing facilities for the government officials and employees.

Mentioning that her government has been working for accommodation for all, saying “We have already developed a total of 33,526 plots and built 8,922 flats for selling those to lower and middle income people. Of those, 6636 flats under the third phase of Uttara apartment project have already been opened.”

The prime minister said development of 18105 more flats and building of 8039 flats are also going on, adding “We have taken initiatives to develop 18148 plots and one lakh 41 thousand and 687 flats across the country.”

The housing problem of the citizens will be reduced significantly upon completion of the flats development works, she continued.

“We don’t want any people to live in the slum. So we are now building flats for slum dwellers in Dhaka. Work on constructing 533 flats is going on in Mirpur and have a plan to build 16000 more flats for them,” she said.

“We have formulated laws for well-planned urbanisation and enacted law for making time-befitting Housing and Building Research Institute Ordinance,” she said.

The prime minister later visited one of the three buildings constructed for grade one government officers on Eskaton Garden Road in the capital.