Both the districts are agro-based. Bangladesh has a total of 64 districts.

A total of 52 upazilas of different districts, including all the nine upazilas of Panchagarh and Magura, was also announced as having no landless and homeless families as part of the government’s commitment made on the occasion of the Mujib Year to ensure shelter for all the homeless in the country.

A total of 19,780 landless families were rehabilitated in these 52 upazilas, officials involved with the project said.

They said if anyone is found landless in the two districts and 52 upazilas, the person will immediately be given a house with land.

The local administration has already been given an order in this regard.

Some 67,800 houses are being provided among landless and homeless families in the third phase of Ashrayan-2, a project of the PMO.

Of these, 32,904 houses were handed over on 26 April last, 26,229 ones handed over on 21 July and the construction of 8,667 other houses is still underway.

Earlier, 117,329 semi-pucca houses along with two decimal lands were distributed among the homeless people in the country in the first two phases on 23 January, 2021 and 20 June, 2021 on the occasion of the Mujib Year marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Some Tk 40.29 billion were allocated for Ashrayan houses in 2021-2022 fiscal.

The government recovered some 5,512 acres of khas lands to construct houses for homeless people throughout the country and the approximate market value of these lands is Tk 29.67 billion.

Besides, the government procured 191.79 acres of lands at cost of Tk 1.34 billion for the construction of houses under the Ashrayan-2 project. And 8,462 landless families have so far been rehabilitated on the procured lands.

The government will continue implementing the Ashraya-2 project despite the global economic crisis as the housing scheme is contributing to make the rural economy vibrant amid the crisis, said the officials.