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Covid 19 Impact in Rural Livelihood: Case of Bangladesh Villages
Mohammed Kamrul Hasan, Kazi Foyez Ahmed

The global epidemic of Corona (Covid 19) has also affected rural lifestyles in terms of sudden uncertainty in the job, return migration to the village, uncertainty in going of remitter expatriates, complexity at flight schedules, and other hazards. In this stressful living condition, this fieldwork was conducted in a Bangladesh village just after the end of a long period of lockdown. The objectives of the study were to identify different directions among the Covid 19 affected rural population and documented and delineated lockdown/shutdown on the living condition and social happening at a village. This fieldwork was conducted at Allahabad village in an Upazila of Cumilla District. Also in Baniachu village of HajiganjUpazila under Chandpur district. Open discussion with the village people, individual interview, observation, and comparisons of living conditions before and during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The living styles are reflected in different innovative ways. Sustainable Development Goals have been hampered by the Corona epidemic on the one hand the opportunity to make money on the other. When the lockdown's public life was disrupted the government-directed ban on trade and transportation of vegetables was exempted. Those who have returned to the country from abroad in the villages are not able to return abroad even after a certain period has elapsed during the Corona epidemic. Many young people returning from abroad wanted the opportunity to do something in this country. Our GDP would have grown at a much higher rate if the government had been able to utilize this skilled manpower by renewing contracts with foreign companies by seeking relevant information on trained workers returning home. The corona epidemic in the village has also brought about a change in the profession. Due to the dam of the Gumti river, we do not see much flood in the Cumilla district.  In that case, four crops are produced in our lands every year. In that case, no economic hardship was observed in the agricultural families in the rural areas. But all the family members living abroad and there was a severe lockdown in those countries that could not send foreign currency.  Many development projects in Bangladesh are being worked on by foreign workers. At present, it is possible to train the local manpower by employing the demographic dividend in Bangladesh and employing them in a ratio with the foreign workers. This will play an appropriate role in the implementation of Bangladesh's five-year plan and global SDGs.

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