Two projects for the poor see their allocations slashed

Irregularities and apathy have become a permanent feature of project implementation in Bangladesh, thanks to which no infrastructure is ever ready on time.

The delays mean, the costs are invariably raised — and this has become commonplace in the country.

But yesterday, the unusual happened: the government slashed the allocation for two projects that were meant to help the poor.

One of the projects is designed to serve 600,000 poorest mothers and benefit 2.7 million poor people in 43 upazilas in four districts — Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari.

The project initiated a cash benefits programme for the poorest mothers and pregnant women in 2015 in exchange for their participation in activities to improve their children’s nutrition and cognitive development.

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