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>plans for guranteed jobs for rural people

>AMIDST price spiral of essentials, the government is going to introduce guaranteed employment programme in the next fiscal for the rural people during lean season, Rejaul Karim Byron reports in The Daily Star.
“The main aim of the programme is to provide work to any person who wants,” Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam told reporters at his office yesterday after a meeting of budget monitoring and resources committee.
The adviser said if the government fails to provide work, it would try to compensate the persons during lean season with cash. The programme may offer cash incentive if there is no scopes for works, he added.
“We are widening the safety net programmes following our experiences in the current year. Some new programmes targeting the poor will be introduced,” Mirza Aziz noted.
Asked, Dr Uttam Kumar Deb, head of research division of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), said the scheme may seek to provide guaranteed employment to one member of every household below a threshold income level for at least 100 days a year, especially in the lean (monga) season.
He suggested a minimum wage of Tk 150 per day.The government this month has already begun a Tk 100-crore project in the rural areas under which work will be provided to the unemployed people for daily Tk 150 each.Some economists termed the programme inadequate in the wake of price hike of essentials.

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