Gana Forum for list of victims in haors to ensure fair relief distribution

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:58, Apr 30,2017 | Updated: 02:01, Apr 30,2017

 
 

Gana Forum demands that the government prepares a list of flood victims to ensure fair distribution of relief in haor areas.
Absence of a comprehensive list of flood affected-people hampers relief activities, said the party leaders in a press conference in Dhaka on Saturday.
The observation comes amid reports of widespread anomaly in distribution of relief materials.
Gana Forum leaders said they found the authenticity of the allegations that victims had to pay to be enlisted for getting aids. The practice of nepotism was also traced in preparing the lists, said Gana Forum’s presidium member Tobarok Hossain.
He made the comment while reading a written statement at a press conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka.
The statement was prepared following a two-day visit of five leaders of the party to two flash flood-affected districts.
The Gana Forum leader said distribution of relief materials based on population ratio of the affected districts rather than considering the scale of devastation frustrated the affected people.
‘The inadequate relief activity is the result of government’s lack of idea about the number of the affected people and the devastation caused to their property,’ he added.
Responding to questions of journalists, Gana Forum president Kamal Hossain said the government was trying to hide the information on the flash flood situation, hampering a successful relief operation.
‘It is the duty of the government to inform people about the situation,’ added the party president.
‘By releasing information the government should lead a concerted effort in which people from cross section of the society would participate to help the disaster affected people,’ said Kamal.
According to government information, standing Boro rice on 2.5 lakh hectares of land was completely destroyed in the flash flood that hit on March 29.
The Gana Forum made a ten-point charter of demand in wake of the flood.
The first demand is to declare the flood affected areas a ‘disaster zone.’

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