The government has been successful in re-launching the primary financial stipend and educational materials allowance (which has been suspended for almost a year), through the postal department’s mobile financial service ‘Nagad’. The company has delivered the stipend money to the mother of each of the 1.5 crore children listed. In just a few months, the project has disbursed Tk 3,500 crore in cash. This has reduced the harassment of students’ parents.
The Department of Primary Education signed an agreement with Nagad in December last year under the direction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the distribution of stipends was stopped for almost a year due to opacity and delay in the distribution system. As transparency has been ensured by creating an accurate database by combining three levels of data, government spending has dropped by one-third.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education, Zakir Hossain has expressed satisfaction with the distribution of stipends through Nagad. He said a one-year process has been successfully completed. The government has started similar preparations for the current fiscal year.
Immediately after the agreement, the names of all the students are registered including the birth certificate of the student, mobile number of the guardian, number of the national identity card. As a result of registering the three data together, there is no chance of being on the fake beneficiary list. As a result, as soon as the allowance is distributed, it starts going to the student’s parent’s cash account.
According to the people involved in the project, the registration process will be easier at the beginning of each year as the database is created, even though it is very difficult at the beginning due to registration with proper documents. Once the name is added to the database, the government can use it till the end of the student’s education. In that case only the names of first class students will be added at the beginning of the year. As a result, transparency in the distribution of allowances will be well-established.
Manika Devi, a housewife from Fakirhat in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong, received her child’s stipend through cash. “I never really thought that money would come to my mobile so easily. At this time this money has come in very handy. I don’t have to go to the city to get the stipend money, the cash is next to the house, I have been able to pick it up as needed, “said Manika.
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Content Writing Department, YSSE.