Prime minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina File photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the disbursement of Tk 12.5 billion cash aid for five million poor families hit hard by the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of novel coronavirus infections, reports news agency UNB.

Each family will receive Tk 2,500 in cash through mobile financial services (MFS) – bKash, Rocket, Nagad or SureCash ahead of the Eid-ul Fitr.

The prime minister opened the disbursement through a videoconference from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital in the morning.

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The disbursement of cash aid is scheduled to be completed within five days by 18 May. One million people will get the cash support through the MFS every day.

People from the low-income group, including day labourers, rickshaw and van pullers, hawkers, construction workers, agriculture workers, poultry farm workers, transport workers, and restaurant workers have been included in the list

Through the cash support, some 20 million people are expected to be directly benefited if on average four members are counted in each of the five million families.

People from the low-income group, including day labourers, rickshaw and van pullers, hawkers, construction workers, agriculture workers, poultry farm workers, transport workers, and restaurant workers have been included in the list.

The families have been selected as they lost earnings amid the lockdown imposed by the government in the form of general holiday to curb the spread of COVID-19 and are not getting rice at subsidised rate of Tk 10 per kg and allowances under different social safety programmes.

Later, the prime minister opened the distribution of stipend and tuition fee among students of bachelor degree and its equivalent level of the 2019 academic year through mobile/online banking services.

PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the function and made a presentation over the cash support.

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