RANGPUR, May 3, 2021 (BSS) – The district administration today distributed cash money among 200 COVID-19 pandemic affected newspaper hawkers of Rangpur as a gift from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to assist them in tackling the situation.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md. Asib Ahsan distributed Taka 500 among each of the 200 newspaper hawkers in a function arranged on Zila School ground in the afternoon strictly abiding by the health directives.
On the occasions, the DC called upon the newspaper hawkers to regularly wash hands, use masks and maintain cleanliness and abiding by the health directives to prevent further spread of coronavirus for safety of their own and others.
He said livelihoods of the poor, middle and lower middle class people, workers and unemployed people of different professions during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic have been affected.
Many people have become unemployed and lost their livelihoods during the second wave of COVID-19 before fully overcoming the stresses of the first wave of the pandemic.
“The district administration has stood beside jobless, destitute, unemployed and helpless people with the gift of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the epidemic situation,” he said, adding that needy people will get this grant across the district in phases.
Talking to BSS, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer ATM Akhteruzzaman said the government has allocated Taka 2.16 crore as humanitarian assistance for distribution among jobless and needy people of the district with Taka 500 for each.