Flaws, irregularities and corruption in implementation of the project will not be accepted by any means, says a top official
Five high-level teams of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) will go on field visits to houses, built for the landless and homeless people across the country under the Ashrayan project.
The officials will visit the ready houses and the under-construction structures in different districts and upazilas in Dhaka, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions from Friday morning amid the strict Covid-19 restrictions.
The project is one of the 10 special initiatives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the pledge of not letting anyone remain homeless in the country, PMO sources said on Thursday.
The teams have been asked to submit reports after evaluating whether the method of construction and quality is maintained as per the approved design and estimations.
Ashrayan 2 Project Director Md Mahbub Hossain himself will lead one of the teams.
"Every case is important to us as the dream of each family is connected with each house. That's why we are going to visit the houses from the Prime Minister's Office even amid this tough situation of the pandemic," he said.
Mahbub Hossain said Ashrayan is the largest humanitarian project of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"Since the beginning, we have zero-tolerance policy against any irregularities and negligence in this project," the project director said.
He said administrative actions have already been taken in the areas where allegations were raised and at the same time, they would do everything including repairing or reconstruction of those houses that were not built as per the approved design.
In many places, some houses got damaged due to heavy rainfall, flooding and natural disasters while some houses got damaged due to flaws in construction works in different areas, he said, adding that those houses are being rebuilt or repaired.
But a vested quarter is out to spread misleading information and propaganda to make the humanitarian project controversial which is very much unexpected, said the project director.
"Keep trust in Prime Minister's Office. Houses will be given to all landless and homeless people," he said.
Five officials punished
After investigations, tough actions are being taken against those who are found involved in irregularities while five government officials have already been made Officer on Special Duty (OSD).
In this regard, Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said Ashrayan is a dream project of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the slogan "Ashrayaner Odhikar, Sheikh Hasina'r Upohar" (Rights to Shelter, Gift of Sheikh Hasina).
"Emotions of all us are connected with it. Any kinds of flaws, irregularities and corruption in implementation of the project will not be accepted by any means," he said.
One must be given punishment if he or she is found involved in irregularities or negligence and none would be spared to this end, he said.
Under the Ashrayan project in implementing "Sheikh Hasina is model in inclusive development", 118,380 landless and homeless families have been given two-room semi-pucca tin-shed houses on two decimal lands so far.
The government prepared a list of 885,622 families in 2020, of which 293,361 families are landless and homeless and 592,261 families have 1-10 decimal land but no housing facility. All of them will be given houses in phases.