50 lakh families to get rice at Tk 15 per kg from March 1: Food Minister

Dhaka Prokash UNB

26 February 2023, 04:02 pm | Updated: 09 June 2023, 06:55 am

50 lakh families to get rice at Tk 15 per kg from March 1: Food Minister
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The government is going to provide 50 lakh families with 30 kg rice at Tk 15 per kg from March 1 under its Food Friendly Progamme, Food Minister Sadhan Chandar Majumder said on Sunday.

“OMS is an ongoing programme. It will continue as long as there is demand for it. If necessary, it will continue throughout the year. Both rice and flour will be provided under the programme,” the minister said while speaking to the media after inspecting an OMS programme at Naogaon’s Atapotti and Rubir Mor area.

“Although Open Market Sale(OMS) is not a year-long programme, it was undertaken so that low-income people would not suffer. That’s why we are still running the programme. What we want to see is whether people are getting the benefit and whether any dealer is smuggling. For this reason, inspection and monitoring will continue,” said the minister.

He also said the food stock in government warehouses has exceeded all previous records, adding that Bangladesh currently has more than 21 lakh tonnes of food stock against the safety stock of 10 lakh tonnes.

Currently, the government is distributing around 14000–15000 tonnes of rice and flour per day across the country.

According to the minister, other food assistance programmes (Kabikha, VGF, TR) will also run alongside OMS.
“So there is nothing to panic about. There will be no food shortage in the country,” he added.

The minister issued a warning to the traders not to stockpile food items for financial gain at the expense of the people.

“New laws are being enacted. Cases have already been filed against many groups. Surveillance has been increased,” he said.

Rajshahi Regional Food Controller GM Farooq Hossain Patwar and Naogaon District Food Controller Alamgir Hossain were among the officials present.

Meanwhile, the people who came to collect food items under the programme, said that the allocation is less than the demand.

The minister assured the people that their problems would be taken into account.

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