Information about socio-economic condition of 35 million households will be collected for preparing a national database, which can help make poverty alleviation schemes more effective.
The first phase of the data collection under the National Household Database (NHD) project will begin from April 04 to April 23 in 17 districts of Barisal, Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions.
To train up its officials, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics organised a three-day workshop titled 'Training of Trainers (ToT) for Data Collection' at its head office on Tuesday.
Director General of BBS Md. Amir Hossain presided over the inaugural ceremony, while its deputy director general Md. Baitul Amin Bhuiyan and additional secretary (Development) of Statistics and Information Division M A Mannan Hawlader were the special guests.
The programme is being implemented under the NHD project, supported by the World Bank (WB).
Speaking in the workshop, deputy project director of NHD Dr Neyamat Ullah Bhuiyan said a national database would be prepared defining the socio-economic conditions of all households through Proxy Mean Test-Formula (PMTF).
Underscoring the importance of the project, he said, "The database will help ministries and divisions choose real beneficiaries for the social safety net programmes".
"It will also be of great use to avoid overlapping while implementing poverty eradication projects for ultra-poor," Mr Bhuiyan added.
He said that government and non-government agencies will benefit from the database, enabling them to formulate policies and strategies for human development.
He requested trainees at the workshop to develop their skill for disseminating their among field-level data collectors.
A total of 87 master trainers are attending the workshop, who will guide supervisors and data collectors at the grass-root level.
Amir Hossain sought cooperation from all officials for the proper implementation of the NHD project.
He said BBS had already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Election Commission Secretariat for getting access to the NID database for ensuring the accuracy of information gathered under the project.
Beginning from July 2013, the NHD project will conclude in December 2018.M A Mannan Hawlader said an accurate database was a must for achieving the country's desired economic growth.