bangladesh will introduce a 100 days employment generation programme for the rural poor next year. This is part of the country's plans to widen its social safety nets programme for the poor and the marginalized. Allocations to such programmes are on the rise. The total allocation for the safety nets programmes is proposed at bdt 16,932 crore (Rs 11,232 crore) in the current fiscal. This is 48 per cent higher than the revised allocation of Rs 7,605 crore in the last budget.
Rs 1,327 crore was allocated for the employment guarantee programme in this fiscal and Rs 1,047 crore was allo-cated to the Food for Work Programme, which is expected to generate 144 million man-days of employment. The employment generation plan aims to include agricultural lean months to ensure employment round the year. The programme will benefit two million people, creating an employment of 200 million man-days with a remuneration of about Rs 70 per person per day, say officials.
A B Mirza Azizul Islam, financial adviser to the caretaker government, said these measures are targeted towards increasing the purchasing power of the ultra poor and the rural middle and lower middle class.
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