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2,891 destitute women yet to get VGD rice

Four months have already passed but 2,891 destitute women of Fulchhari upazila are yet to get rice under the government’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme due to delay and complexities in preparation of beneficiaries’ list of the programme.

The government allocated VGD rice for 2,891 destitute women in seven unions for 2019 and 2020 and asked upazila women affairs department, ward and union level committee to finalise the list of the beneficiaries by December last year, said Papiya Sultana, upazila women affairs officer.

Ensuring transparency in preparing list of destitute women, upazila women affairs department in 2018 wanted online application from the destitute women.

Accordingly, many of them filed application for the VGD rice, but the list is yet to be finalised due to disagreement developed between ruling party leaders and union parishad members over sharing of the beneficiaries’ list, said sources at upazila women affairs office.

Seeking anonymity, a union parishad (UP) chairman said local party leaders and women affairs office also claimed share in the list of beneficiaries, so it became difficult to maintain transparency in preparing list of genuine destitute women.

They have received final list of destitute women from three unions, said the officer, adding that the VGD rice will be distributed soon after getting the list from the remaining unions.

Upazila Parishad Chairman GM Salim Parvez, also the general secretary of upazila Awami League, said their party men are not involved in preparing the list of beneficiaries of the VGD programme.

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