Two-thirds new poor received cash support

The government has distributed cash support among 35 lakh beneficiaries rendered poor because of the coronavirus pandemic after preparing a database through multi-layer scrutiny of the people who needed it most.

This means two-thirds of the 50 lakh poor families suffering from the economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh received Tk 2,500 each, according to a finance division letter.

After the government put in place the countrywide shutdown on 26 March to slow the spread of the rogue pathogen, millions lost jobs.

This prompted the government to allocate Tk 1,250 crore for the 50 lakh poor families whose breadwinners were rendered unemployed.

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