Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Thursday 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 in Dhaka, 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 society.
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.