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>WHILE the coverage of government safety net programmes has been inadequate to meet the needs of the poor, the net benefits of the programmes are also shrinking day by day due to price spiral of essentials, says a draft survey report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). (Read full article)
Suggesting periodic review and adjustment of allocations for social safety net programmes (SSNP), the draft report strongly recommends increasing allowances for the old, widowed and distressed women, and the disabled.
“Taken all system costs on recipients’ accounts and ever increasing price hikes of essentials into consideration, the net benefit of the present meagre rates of some schemes have already reduced to a great extent..,” reads the draft report titled ‘Survey on Social Safety-Nets Programs in Bangladesh’.
The BBS study was conducted in 2007 with financial assistance from the World Bank, which surveyed 2,741 households, of which 2,040 were beneficiaries and 701 were non-beneficiaries in 69 upazilas of 12 districts.
Beneficiaries of 12 of the 35 safety net programmes, run by the government in collaboration with donors and NGOs, were surveyed.
About 2 to 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is usually allocated for SSNPs.


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