Experts: having an opportunity for returnees in the villages

People who have returned to their villages due to Covid-19 can earn money from small rural businesses like making different products from jute leaves and Hogla Dhaka Tribune

95% of people across the country will experience loss of income due to preventive measures taken to contain Covid-19, Brac survey finds

Accelerating infrastructure development, securing public services, and improving education and health services in rural areas can help the large number of people returning to their villages to lose their sources of income as a result of the fallout. Covid-19.

“You will have to ensure a better communication system; gas and electricity supply, and educational and medical facilities in rural areas to attract the private sector. Returnees from urban areas will also feel encouraged to get involved in the rural economy if this happens, ”Former interim government financial adviser Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam told UNB.

He said there were no signs yet that the economy “will peak” in the near future. Thus, he suggested creating more jobs in rural areas to absorb the additional pressure mounted by returnees from urban areas. “The government should focus on this. “

Mirza Aziz mentioned that the rural economy is already overloaded with surplus workers and the new ones will only make the situation worse. “Now creating jobs for them is not an easy task.”

Dr Aziz, who was also the chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), said the government should opt for such activities which will be seen as productive. “The renovation, repair, maintenance and development of rural road infrastructure could absorb some workers,” he said.

Professor Mustafizur Rahman, a distinguished member of the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), said there would be jobs in rural areas if the agricultural stimulus package could be used properly.

Renovating, developing and maintaining rural infrastructure can be helpful, he said, adding: “We could use up a good number of those who returned to their villages during this pandemic.”

Prof Mustafiz said that if government sponsored credit programs can be implemented quickly, they will help create jobs.

He focused on financial assistance to non-governmental organizations that contribute to various sectors of the rural economy. “If they get help from the government, they could absorb a good number of returnees.

Professor Mustafiz mentioned that the government has so far not paid attention to this sector. It will complement government efforts to implement the SDGs ‘leaving no one behind’ goal if it can do so.

Speaking about the role of the private sector in creating jobs in rural areas, he said that if loans were made properly for poultry, fishing and animal husbandry, there would be no job cuts in the area. this sector because it would create more jobs instead. “The government must play the congratulatory role in this regard.”

Unnayan Onneshan President Dr Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, also a professor at Dhaka University, also stressed the need to maintain and create jobs through tax facilities.

“There should be a mission-oriented rural rejuvenation program targeting young people. There will be retraining and retraining programs while presenting them with banks that want to be self-employed. This means that a comprehensive program of rural rejuvenation should be adopted, ”he said.

He also said that those who cannot afford to engage in work due to their age should benefit from universal social protection.

In its recent investigation, Brac said the lockdown and social distancing measures announced to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic have forced 95% of people across the country to suffer loss of income.

A total of 2,317 respondents – 68% from rural areas and 32% from urban areas – from different socio-economic backgrounds in 64 districts joined the survey conducted from May 9 to 13, 2020.

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