Dhaka, Bangladesh
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene situation

Editorial-II

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene situation

70pc of government budget for safe water, sanitation and hygiene goes to three cities-Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong, Water Aid, Simavi, DORP workshop was told. More allocation for rural areas have been suggested. This is discrimination against the rest of the country, said speakers at a workshop yesterday. However, the rural areas, especially haors, chars and hilly villages, need more attention, they told the workshop organised by WaterAid, Simavi, and Development Organisation of the Rural Poor (DORP) in Cirdap auditorium in the capital. As a large proportion of the population lives in villages, a project should be launched for hygienic sanitation in rural areas. Due to bureaucratic tangles local government representatives get budgetary allocation near the end of a fiscal year, and failing to utilise the fund in a short time, they often return it to the ministry. Tk 4,113 crore has been allocated for sanitation while around Tk 295.5 crore is being spent every year to treat diseases caused by a lack of hygiene,. The authorities should increase the budget and ensure that it reaches every part of the country in time. The Ministry should be provided a list of areas which need safe water and sanitation so that the ministry can address the issue soon and increase the budget and measures to be taken for the rural areas.

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