Distinct institutional structure needed for char development: Experts

Experts and politicians on Sunday stressed the need for a separate institutional structure for the development of char areas.

Speaking at the Annual Regional Char Convention in 2021, they also said that the population of the country’s char areas often remains isolated and the benefits of development do not adequately reach them in many cases. for many reasons, including poor infrastructure.

Experts suggested increasing the social safety net allowance for marginalized people in char areas as they are the worst victims of the adverse effects of climate change.

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The USAID-funded SHOUHARDO III program in association with the National Char Alliance (NCA) jointly hosted the one-day event at Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service, a press release said.

Dr Atiur Rahman, founding chairman of the National Char Alliance and former governor of the Bank of Bangladesh, emphasized establishing an institutional structure or forum for the development of the char regions of the Bangladesh.

Of the 1,000 TK crore of the social safety net, he said, only 217 Tk crore has been allocated to tank regions covering a population of just 94,000. “This allowance must be increased.”

AKM Deputy Minister of Water Resources Enamul Hoque Shameem highlighted the development interventions of the government, in particular the Ministry of Water Resources.

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Regarding Mujib fort (shelter), he said it is an innovative model where people and livestock can take shelter during natural disasters.

Lawyer Shameem Haider Patwary, MP, said: “We need to establish a semi-governmental Char foundation / council for the development of the char region. Continued political interventions are also needed in this regard.

Ida M. Morgan