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12 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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‘Food Friendly Programme’ makes the poor happy

BSS

RAJSHAHI: Poor and extreme poor people of the division are very happy after getting quality rice at Tk 10 per kilogram under the government’s ‘Food Friendly Programme’.

“We are getting quality rice this time without facing any irregularities,” said Mohsin Ali, an elderly man, who came to purchase rice at Bijoynagar crossing under Godagari upazila, reports BSS.

Another beneficiary Hazrat Ali, who came to buy rice at Bornaly crossing, said the quality of rice is very good. This type of rice is being sold at least Tk 50 per kilograms in the markets, he added. Md Muniruzzaman, president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said poor and low-income group people were seen in long queues at all selling points to purchase rice.

More than 7.73 lakh extreme poor families in all eight districts under Rajshahi division have started getting rice at a rate of Tk 10 per kilogram (kg) since Sunday last.

The selected card holders will get 30 kilograms of rice in every month through village ration dealers at a rate of Tk 10 per kg under the ‘Food Friendly Programme’.

“Requisite number of village ration dealers has already been appointed at all unions of the division to sell the rice,” said Md Muniruzzaman, regional controller of Food in Rajshahi, adding “We will distribute 2.31 lakh tonnes of rice through 1,329 dealers.”

The government wants to provide food support to the extreme poor families during the crisis period so that they do not suffer for food crisis.

For every 500 families, a village ration dealer has been appointed for distributing the rice smoothly while the widows and physically challenged people are getting priority in the programme.

The food controller also said that the rice selling programme at Tk 10 per kg will continue for two months of March to April. The months have been selected in view of non-availability of work for the day-labourers, he added.

Simultaneously, Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice and flour has also been launched everywhere in the division. Some 108 dealers including 30 in Rajshahi are selling the goods.

He, however, vowed to take punitive measures against those who will engage in any irregularities during the programme. Commissioner of Rajshahi Division Nur-Ur-Rahman welcomed the government decision for providing food with ration card to the poor families across the country under social safety net scheme.

 

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