Widow allowance to be introduced in Dhaka soon: Menon


DHAKA, May 24, 2018 (BSS) – Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon
today said the government would take necessary measures to introduce widow
allowances in Dhaka soon.

“Except Dhaka, widows across the country are getting allowances…. We
are realizing that widows in Dhaka should be given allowances,” he told a
function at the AGB Colony Community Centre here, an official release said.

Councilors of different wards in Dhaka city, leaders of Awami League and
officials, among others, addressed the function with Director of Dhaka
Divisional Social Service Tapan Kumar Saha in the chair.

Menon said after assuming power in 1996, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
introduced allowances for people of different vulnerable groups of the

He said BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was sentenced to five-year
imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case as she misappropriated money
of orphans.

On May 16, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) upheld a High
Court order that granted bail to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in a graft
case and rejected two appeals against that order.