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Govt sanctions Tk760cr for daily wage earners, 1time cash transfer directly to bank accounts

Published on: 9:44 pm - Monday | April 13, 2020

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The government has sanctioned Tk760 crore as financial aid to the people of low income groups, who lost their jobs because of a nationwide shutdown enforced to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in Bangladesh.

“Orders have been given o immediately prepare a list of names and bank accounts of day labourers, rickshaw or rickshaw-van pullers, motor vehicle workers, construction workers, newspaper hawkers, hotel staffs and people from other professions who lost their jobs because of the general holiday or partial lockdown,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a televised national address on Monday evening, on the eve of the Bengali New Year.

The one-time cash assistance will be deposited to their bank accounts once the list is ready, she said, adding that Tk760 crore has been allocated for this.

The poor, who are heavily reliant on daily wages for the purchase of essentials, are among the worst affected by the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic. -Dhaka Tribune

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