Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alternative profession needed to save forests

Cash grant distributed among 2687 families

Alternative profession needed to save forests

Our Correspondent KHAGRACHHARI, May 15: The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs ministry has distributed cash grant among 2687 families, who are dependent on 15 Village Common Forest (VCF), aiming to reduce dependency on forest and save wild lives. Total 2687 families under six upazilas in the district were brought under the project out of which 927 families are from 2-VCF in Mohalchari upazila while 57 familes from 1-VCF in Guimara, 90 familes from 1-VCF in Matiranga, 222 families from 3 VCF in Laxmichari upazila, 315 families from 2-VCF in Khagrachari Sadar upazila and 1086 familes from 6-VCF in Dighinala upazila got financial benefits, according to Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) sources. KHDC has distributed around Tk 2 core to sharp the purposes. CHT affairs ministry with the assistance of KHDC has distributed Tk 7 thousand to each family at a function recently at the conference hall of KHDC. KHDC Chairman Konjori Chowdhury attended the programme as chief guest while chief executive Mohammad Nurujjaman was presided over the programme. KHDC member Mongshiprue Chowdhury Apu, Nirmolendhu Chowdhury, Mongkyching Chowdhury, Satish Chakma, UNDF-CHTDF district Manager Priyator Chakma, Agriculture and Food security projects district Officer Mohammad Shahjahan Ali attended the progrmme as special guests. SID-CHT UNDP district Manager Priyator Chakma stressing the need of keeping the forest unchanged said we have to orient the people about the worst effects of reducing forests. The beneficiaries of the distributed cash grant by CHT ministry would start small businesses including poultry and dairy farm, Priyator Chakma saying this he added "We would try our level best to make people self-reliant through alternative business that could help them maintain their family. The success in this regard would help the VCF to exist with wild lives." KHDC Chairman Konjori Chowdhury said, "We want to save forest, wild animals and bio-diversity aiming to control climate changes to stand beside those who maintain their live depending on forest resources. The focal point of our efforts is to shift the people in alternative profession for reducing dependence on forest resources."

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