Staff Reporter :: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, poverty is likely to increase, so that a non-government organisation has demanded to allocation for the poor mothers in the upcoming budget.
DORP, the pioneer organisation for maternity allowance and ‘Swapna Package’ in the country, demanded the allocation in a statement on Tuesday.
The demand was made by DORP’s advisory council chairman Prof. Abdul Mannan Chowdhury, Chairman of the Executive Council Md. Azher Ali Talukder and Founder AHM Nouman.
In the statement, they said that under the social security program, more or less 7 lakh poor mothers are currently receiving maternity allowance in the country. On average, 70 to 80 poor mothers are found pregnant in a union parishad.
In order to implement the seven conditional policy of payment of allowances, for the selection of profound mothers and to maintain the quality of ‘maternity allowance’, the period should be increased from 3 years to 5 years with increasing allowance 800 to 8000 Tk till school admission, the statement said.
They also said that poverty cannot be alleviated unless the source of poverty is identified. Maternal Allowance centric ‘SAPNA Package’ program can be the main basis for achieving the goal of ‘Poverty Alleviation’.
We are appealing to the government to implement the ‘SAPNA Package’ program targeting one crore poor mothers of the country and targeting 5 lakh mothers a year for a period of 20 years. Then no one will be without health, nutrition, sanitation, education, housing, employment.