43 people quit begging to live with dignity, self-respect in Gopalganj

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Gopalganj DC launches ‘Obolombon Packaging Factory’

Mijanur Rahman Manik from Gopalganj:
With a noble hope of living with dignity and self-respect, 43 people quit the profession of begging and decide to work for living at Charukhuli village in Kushla union under Kotalipara upazila in Gopalganj.

Deputy Commissioner Shahida Sultana handed over appointment letters to 4 male and 39 females to Obolombon Packaging Factory at Chaurkhuli village in the upazila on Saturday noon.

Each of the 43 persons who quit begging will get a monthly salary of TK 3,000. Besides they will be given a 10% commission if they achieve the personal production target.

Deputy Commissioner Shahida Sultana inaugurated the Obolombon Packaging Factory at an event presided over by Kotalipara Upazila Nirbahi Officer SM Mahfuzur Rahman.

Kotalipara Municipality Mayor Haji Md. Kamal Hossain, Assistant Commissioner (Land) Md. Mohsin Uddin, Upazila Awami League General Secretary Md. Aynal Sheikh, Kushla UP Chairman Md. Kamrul Islam Badal along with Upazila Administration officials / employees, members of Rover Scout were present on the occasion.

Kotalipara Upazila Nirbahi Officer SM Mahfuzur Rahman said, “Beggars’ rehabilitation program was taken under the direction of respectable Deputy Commissioner since they can live in the society with self-respect and dignity.”

Obolombon Packaging Factory has been constructed on 5 katha land in the area under the initiative and implementation of the upazila administration, where 43 beggars of this village will get a chance to live with self-respect as an employee in their new identity, UNO added.

Shahanara (47) is very happy to be appointed as a production worker who is committed to a new identity in the war of survival by giving up begging. She said in her response that no husband, one daughter in class six, I used to beg to run the family and pay for my daughter’s education, but now I have got a job in this factory, so I will never go begging again, I will try to live with dignity by working here.

Deputy Commissioner Shahida Sultana, the inventor of the idea “Obolombon” said “There is no alternative to skilled manpower in the overall development of a country, that is a very clear declaration of our Hon’ble Prime Minister.”

“We’ve to build skilled manpower in every sector. All the workers of Obolombon Packaging Factory have been trained, they have been given adequate training in making packaging products, and this factory will play a role in the domestic economy through the sale of their products, their fortunes will also change,” she added.

“From today, these people will get new identities, from today they are no beggars, each of them are a trained worker and an employee,” said DC adding that “The boys and girls should be taught to read and develop as skilled.”