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Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  
   
National


Continue road projects for ultra-poor women in CHT
Larma, Dewan urge visiting WFP officials


Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council (CHTRC) Chairman Jiotyrindriya Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma and Rangamati Hill District Council Chairman Dr Maniklal Dewan have urged visiting officials of World Food Peogramme (WFP) to continue its ongoing projects for ultra-poor women in the CHT for improvement of their condition and to help remove gender discrimination.

The projects are scheduled to be closed this month.

They made the appeal when a team of WFP officials from its headquarter in Rome called on them at their offices in Rangamati separately on Monday, according to official sources here yesterday.

The WFP officials including Nutrition Specialist Flora S Muider and Specialist for Vulnerable Analysts on Moping Samir Wanmali discussed with the indigenous leaders issues related to food security for ultra-poor women in CHT and outcome of ongoing Rural Road Maintenance Project (RRMP). The WFP officials earlier visited some villages under its projects in Rangamati.

The officials arrived here on May 22 to evaluate the RRMP, aimed at redesigning the scheme prior to its renewal.

The WFP projects were implemented by government agencies in the three hill districts in two phases from 1999 to 2001 and from July 2002 to May 2005 to ensure food security to the ultra-poor women.

The WFP projects were implemented by government agencies in the three hill districts in two phases from 1999 to 2001 and from July 2002 to May 2005 to ensure food security to the ultra-poor women.

The RRMP covered a total of 9,100 women; 2,780 in Khagrachhari, 2,380 in Bandarban and 3,940 in Rangamati. Each woman got Tk 20 and one and a half kilograms of rice daily.

The project played a tremendous positive role in improving the lifestyle of once ultra-poor women in the hills.

The indigenous leaders told the officials that WFP took a 'good initiative' that helped the ultra-poor women in gaining confidence and developing leadership at grassroots level.

Special Field Operation Manager of CHT and Project Officer Siddiqul Islam Khan from Dhaka office accompanied the WFP team during their visit. They left Rangamati for Dhaka yesterday morning.