Another landless candidate for the police constable post is going to get a piece of land and with a built house as a gift from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Like Barishal’s police constable candidate Aspiya, Meem Akhter of Khulna faced difficulties to be recruited for the jobdespite attaining the first position at the district recruitment test, simply because she didn’t have a permanent address in the district. Khulna Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Moniruzzaman Talukder said after the issue of Meem’s family being landless came up for discussion, a decision was taken to provide her family land and a house as a gift from the PM. READ: ‘No land, no job policy’ irks HC as topper Meem fails to get a police job He said as her family lives in a tenement house in the city, she will soon be given a land with a house in the city or adjoining areas for which efforts are being made. Meanwhile, Khulna additional superintendent of police (south) Tanvir Ahmed said Meem's case had been reported to police headquarters. No decision has been made yet. “We will let her know if the police headquarter makes a decision,” he said. Meem said that she applied for the post of police constable under the women’s quota. She passed the written and medical tests achieving the first position. The police verification started after Nov 11 and she waited for the final call. “On Dec 11, I went to the Khulna Police Super’s office where additional superintendent of police Tanvir Ahmed said that all my papers were okay but he was not able to give the job as I do not have a permanent address in Khulna. Then I came back home crying,” she said. Meem's father Rabiul Islam, who has a blanket shop, said that they have been living in a rented house in Khulna’s Sonadanga residential area for over 32 years, but didn’t have a permanent address. On Sunday evening he got a call from the DC office to submit some papers on Monday. He submitted the papers accordingly as their accommodation for a permanent residence is being arranged, he said. READ: Viral on social media: Aspiya seeks PM's intervention for her job in police However, district superintendent of police (SP) Mohammad Mahbub Hasan claimed it was not Meem’s lack of a permanent address, but rather that she failed her her medical examination, for which she was being held back from the job.
Aspiya Islam Kajal, whose recruitment as a police constable is stuck up by a regulation, has sought the intervention of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Though Aspiya successfully went through all tests needed for a trainee constable, she can’t join as her family landless and has no permanent address. A permanent address of the candidate is needed to get a job in police department as per the regulation. Kajal's mother Jharna Begum said, "I have raised my daughter with a lot of effort, but she is not getting the job as we are landless here.” “Now we are seeking help from the Prime Minister as citizens of the country,” the mother said. “Give my daughter the job anyway,” she cried. Barishal Range DIG SM Akhtaruzzaman also hoped that she might soon get the job if higher authority intervenes. However, Range DIG SM Akhtaruzzaman did not give any official statement on the issue of Aspiya’s requirement as he was not in-charge of the recruitment. He said the recruits for the post of trainee recruit constables are under the police superintendent of the district. The DIG later gave a status on his Facebook profile on Thursday (Dec 9) afternoon when the issue of Aspiya came into discussion through social and mass media. In that post, SM Akhtaruzzaman mentioned a report regarding Aspiya’s problem of not getting a job in the police due to lack of land. He said the issue has gone viral on social media and the tide is on Aspiya’s side but those who are aware of the provisions of government service are not able to take her side. Thanking the people who brought the issue of Aspiya on social media, he said that he would be very happy if the girl gets the job. READ: Viral video: 1 held in Joypurhat for torturing child Aspiya said, “ I have passed every exam on my own merits. But only because we don’t own a land can’t I have the job. It has been said in the recruitment circular that qualified persons will be appointed. I have passed all the exams based on merit. Then why not give me the job? She said the prime minister is working to establish a developed Bangladesh. “I don't think it is right that the deserving people will not get job only because of not owning a piece of land. I am seeking PM's intervention in the process,” she said. According to her national identity card (NID) Aspiya Islam Kajal, is a resident of Matabbar Bari of Khunna Gobindpur village in Boro Jalia union of Hijla upazila of Barishal district. According to the locals, Aspiya’s father came from Charfason of Bhola district 25-30 years ago and started living in Hijla upazila. He had a business. Jhantu Bepari, a Union Parishad member of Ward-3 of Boro Jalia union, said, "I have known Aspiya since her childhood. Her father was an honest man. But 5-6 years ago, he died of a stroke. After that the family became helpless.” He said, "Aspiya’s father Shafiqul talked to me and decided to buy land in this area to build a house. We even liked the land. But all of a sudden, he died." Jhantu Bepari further said that considering the humanitarian aspect, Aspiya should be given the job. After all, she is a citizen of this country. READ: Photos of teacher with student’s baby on lap at classroom go viral, sparks online debate The police headquarters in Barishal district on September 10 issued a notification for the post of Trainee Recruit Constable (TRC). In that notification, it was mentioned that 6 women and 41 men would be taken from Barishal district for TRC posts. According to the notification, Aspiya Islam applied from Hijla. She passed all the stages of the physical fitness test and written test. But on Wednesday (Dec 8), during police verification, Hijla Police Station SI Mohammad Abbas submitted a report stating that Aspiya did not have permanent address in Barisal district.
Some 53,500 more homeless and landless families are going to get semi-pucca houses in June under the Ashrayan-2 project. Earlier in January, some 70,000 homeless and landless families received tin-shed homes along with two decimals of land under the special project run out of the Prime Minister's Office in the Mujib Year. Now the second phase of distribution of the semi-pucca houses will start early June, according to the plan taken in a meeting held with PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus in the chair Monday. Also read: Hasina inaugurates home distribution under Ashrayan-2 Project The meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s Office to review the progress over the ongoing construction of houses under the Ashrayan-2 project. PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah also spoke at the meeting, while Project Director of Ashrayan-2 Md Mahbub Hossain made a power-point presentation. All divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) were virtually connected with the meeting. In the meeting, the field-level administration was directed to complete the construction of houses within the stipulated time maintaining the quality in works without any deviation. Alongside expediting the present construction works, the field officials were also asked to take preparations to construct another 125,000 houses for homeless people in the next year. The Principal Secretary directed the field officials not to compromise the quality of the houses. “If we find any deviation in it, we’ll show zero tolerance. Any deviation will in no way be tolerated. Don’t take it lightly. We’ll not let anyone tarnish the image of the project or the initiative,” he said. Dr Kaikaus also said the noble deed like construction for homeless people is an excellent opportunity for the officers to show their efficiency in their career. He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s programme to alleviate poverty by providing homeless with houses is a rare model in the world. The Principal Secretary asked to prepare a database of beneficiaries of the Ashrayan project. Speaking at the meeting, the PMO Secretary asked the field officials to send the proposal to purchase lands for construction of the 125,000 houses in the next phase to the project director within the 15 days. Action will have to be taken immediately against anomalies, if any, Tofazzel Hossain added. In the second phase, the total number of allotted houses is 53,434. Of them, 7,280 houses in Dhaka division, while 2,512 in Mymensingh, 10,562 in Chattogram, 12,391 in Rangpur, 7,172 in Rajshahi, 3,911 in Khulna, 7,627 in Barishal and 1979 in Sylhet division.