Residents of 87,230 villages to get urban amenities, improved lifestyle

The government will take different strategies for the development of 87,230 villages with focus on creating employment opportunities in rural areas to materialize the “My Village My Town” program.

This will also help the government to attain its “Vision-2041” and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Besides, large-scale projects will be undertaken as per the technical committee’s recommendations of the program.

All will be taken as per the pledges of the government in the Election Manifesto-2018 to implement “My Village My Town” program for providing modern civic amenities in rural areas.

According to an official document, a total of 30 guidelines will be prepared under the program which will deal with village communication, growth centres and market infrastructure, rural water supply, rural waste management, upazila master plan, community space, capacity development of the local government institutions, and establishing computer villages, etc.

In addition, 36 feasibility studies will be conducted to address the challenges of implementing the My Village, My Town action plan.

The government has also decided to develop 15 villages as model village on pilot basis under this program, the document said.

The present government has been implementing multifaceted programs for the economic development of the country through the development of urban and rural infrastructures. In the last 13 years, the government implemented various development schemes in the rural areas including the construction of 69,002km of paved roads, and 405,099 metres of new bridges.

Bangladesh’s road network will increase from 38.02% to 39.43% once the schemes are implemented, a government document has said. Construction of 1760km of roads and footpaths and 170km of drains in urban areas has also been targeted. The document said that these projects will create ample employment opportunities both directly and indirectly and play an important role in alleviating rural poverty.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Cooperatives has set up rural development academies in Cumilla and Bogura. Steps have been taken to establish villages as development hubs in the poverty-stricken areas of the country. The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CVDP) Phase III (1st Amendment) project will run from January 2018 to December 2023.

Training has been imparted to 358,682 beneficiaries in different categories.

In the running 2022-2023 fiscal and coming 2023-2024 fiscal, a target has been set to train a total of 203,944 people in different categories.

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