Social Safety Governance

2 months ago, during the last Eid-ul-Fitr, the government gave Tk.2, 500 to the poor families all over the country. That assistance was received by 5 million poor families across the country. This time 10 kg of rice will be given to a family by the government in occasion of Eid-ul-Azha to be held on 1st August 2020. A total of 1 crore 8 lakh families will get this assistance. The rice has already been released. The government has also started distributing this rice as humanitarian assistance, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

  • The World Bank has prepared a report titled `Estimates of the Impact of COVID 19 on Global Probability’ published in 2020 based on three categories of income, the first category has a daily income of USD 1.90 (BDT 171), the second daily income USD 3.20 (BDT 262) and the last daily income USD 5 (BDT 476). Reference: The daily Jugantar, 26 April 2020. According to the report:

    • In Bangladesh, the population earning less than USD 2 a day is 2 crore 37 lakhs or 14.8 percent. They are identified as extremely poor. If Corona hits a maximum of 20 percent of a person’s income and purchasing power, their total income below USD 2 a day will increase by 6 percent, in other words, 98 lakh more people will be added to the list of the extreme poor. and their total income below USD 3.2 will increase by 7 percent.
    • The number of people earning a daily income above USD 1.90 or below USD 3.6 is 68 million (55 percent). If the corona hits 20 percent of income would increase the rate from 55 to 62 percent. That means it will increase by 7 percent. As a result, 1 crore 12 lakh more people will become poor. As a result, 27 million people will be included in the list of poor and extremely poor in the new cove in the Corona retaliation.
    • If it hits 5 percent instead of 20 percent, the poorest (USD 1.90) will increase by 1 percent and the poor (USD 3.20) by 1.52 percent. As such, the number of extremely poor and needy people in Bangladesh will be 4 million anew; Of these, 18 lakh will be extremely poor and 24 lakh people will become poor.
    • If the corona hits 20 percent of the income or purchasing power of the people of Bangladesh, 20 million people will fall below the extreme poverty and poverty again. And if the hit rate is even 5 percent, then 4 million people will fall from their previous position.
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Hunger Politics

One in four of the world’s children have stunted growth – meaning their body and brain has failed to develop properly due to malnutrition. Eighty percent of stunted children live in just four countries, BBC wrote a news captioned 500m children’ at risk of effects of malnutrition on a  survey conducted by Save the Children, UK which covered families in Bangladesh, Peru, Pakistan and Nigeria. One third of parents surveyed said, their children complained about not having enough food to eat while many families could not effort meat, milk and vegetables for their children caused for malnutrition. The survey suggests much more needs to be done to tackle malnutrition in the world’s poorest countries.

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FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA

Introduction

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a contagious block of countries, started journey with seven countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka when it was established in 1985, but extended to include Afghanistan as eight members in 2006.  The region contains cultural similarities including similar food habit exists in the region, e.g. rice is the common food grain around the South Asia.

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Rice Brand is at your doorstep! What’s your response?

The profit hunger,  the Corporate controls the daily lives of consumers  through branding its commodities and changes the lifestyle and behaviors of millions of people of the globe  as per their choice. People, worldwide is protesting unethical business practices of global corporates and fighting to bind them under ethical code of conducts. Violation of these agreed code of conducts is a normal practices of global brands, you will find if you follow the world-famous brand like Nike, Mark & Spenser’s, Levi’s, Sony etc! Lower prices for suppliers and higher prices for consumers – this is the motto of the brands. Hungry for profit, the corporate mafia’s invests millions of dollar for advertisements, but very skeptical in paying fair wages of the millions of labor of the globe. We are now in the dilemma of struggle in policy change and counter-struggle of corporate to make a loophole of the policies for making more profit. This is the common scenario of global trade, the campaigners faces this challenges in their daily lives.  Beneath the dilemma, it is created a survival threats to millions of labour particularly and low income group like consumers as a whole.

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Citizen Statement against Report of Daily Household Essentials

Observing the market situation of daily household essentials in different markets of Dhaka City, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce Ministry has expressed their satisfaction in a press conference at Media Centre of National Parliament Building, held on 26 June 2011. A B M Abul Kashem MP, the Chairman of the standing committee said at the press conference that they have prepared a report on daily household essentials through visiting the Mohammadpur Townhall Market, Mohammadpur Krishi Market and Karwan Bazar Market and got a satisfactory results on market situation. 

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