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NHD 2nd phase data collection starts Jan 14

DHAKA, Jan 10, 2018 (BSS) - Data collection under the 2nd phase of the National Household Database (NHD) project will start on January 14 in 25 districts this year covering some 1.60 lakh households as part of the government's bid to prepare an integrated database on socio-economic conditions of people and it will continue till February 2.

This time, data will also be collected by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) from 25 districts under Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions and Netrakona district.

The BBS has set a target to collect data from some 3.50 lakh households across the country under three phases of this project through direct interviewing. The NHD project officially was launched in 2013 and it will be completed by December, 2018.

Once completed, the database will have information related to socio- economic conditions of all households of the country which will also help in a big extent to minimize the misuses and leakages of resources at the beneficiary level under various social safety net programmes.

These were disclosed at a press conference today held at the NEC II in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, spoke at the press conference chaired by Statistics and Informatics Division Secretary KM Mozammel Haque.

BBS Director General Md Amir Hossain gave the address of welcome on the occasion while Project Director of NHD project Md Shafiul Alam also spoke.

The NHD project is being implemented at an overall estimated cost of Taka 727.35 crore where the World Bank is providing Taka 686 crore. Over 86 lakh households under 17 districts of Barisal, Rangpur and Mymensingh Divisions except Netrakona district were covered under the first phase of the project.

The World Bank financing will also help the BBS to complete the country's first universal poverty registry - the National Household Database. The database will be integrated with information systems of various ministries and agencies to use for beneficiary selection purposes. In the 3rd phase, data will be collected from some 22 districts under Sylhet, Khulna and Rajshahi divisions.

Terming poverty as a "curse" for the nation, the planning minister said the country should have to be freed from this curse.

He said the gradually declining trend of poverty rate would continue in the coming days as various pro-poor and pro-people steps are ongoing by the government to create employment opportunities.

"We want that the country's people would not be a burden for us, rather we want to transform them into resources," he added.

Mentioning that one of the major aims of the present government is to work for those who are lagging behind, AHM Mustafa Kamal said the government is also targeting to bring all people into the mainstream of the economy.

Replying to a question, the minister said there is no need to worry about the data generated from the BBS as the national statistical agency has become much stronger over the years.

He also told a questioner that the work for all the mega projects except the Padma Bridge rail link one is going on and becoming visible gradually while the government is making its sincere efforts to complete those works as fast as possible.

State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan said there is some misuse of resources either intentionally or unintentionally during the operations of various social safety net programmes to alleviate poverty which often deprive the beneficiaries.

"This is not at all acceptable," Mannan said, hoping that such database would help address these things (misuse of fund and leakages) in a much wider way.