The government will provide Tk 2,000 this month to each of 50 lakh urban families clobbered by the shutdown of the economy.
The families engaged in the informal labour sector — mostly manual labourers, mechanics, construction workers, rickshaw and cart pullers, newspaper delivery persons, street vendors and restaurant employees — will be eligible for the fund, said Shah Kamal, senior secretary at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.
“Our ministry has prepared a list of the people based on information collected by the DC, UNO offices and city corporations across the country. We will submit the list to the Prime Minister’s Office on May 4,” he added.
The PMO will then take the next steps, he told The Daily Star yesterday, adding that Tk 1,000 crore has been allocated for the programme.
The initiative is part of an effort to help the most vulnerable people stay home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Families in which the breadwinner has become unemployed due to the shutdown will be the beneficiaries, he added.
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