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50 lakh families to be given rice at affordable price during Ramadan: Food Minister

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50 lakh families to be given rice at affordable price during Ramadan: Food Minister

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar said that 1.5 million tons of rice will be given to 5 million families at an affordable price by March 10, under the Food Friendly Program.

He gave this information to reporters at a press briefing after the Deputy Commissioner’s conference at the capital’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Monday.

The food minister said, ‘Food friendly program has been asked to carry out lifting (dealers to lift rice) from March 1. We had a decision from March 1 to 20. By reducing that, 1.5 million tons of food will be given to 5 million families by March 10. In response to the question whether this will bring relief to the market, he said, ‘If one and a half lakh tons of rice is sold at the rate of Tk 15 per kg, then 50 lakh families will no longer have to buy rice from the market. This will make the rice market more stable.’

When asked whether the decision to write the price and variety of rice on sacks has been implemented since February 20, Sadhan Chandra said, ‘We said that we will issue the circular by February 20, and we will implement it from April 14 or Pahela Boishakh. Then Boro’s new rice will come in the market. The rice which is now bagged and sealed in the market, no one will change the packet anymore. So it will be effective from when the boro rice rises in the new year.

When asked whether the DCs have updated information, the Food Minister said that a meeting has started with the DC-mill owners. Samples of paddy and rice varieties are also being provided to them. Rice Research Institute has given those varieties, Aush, Aman and Boro have given some varieties, which are fat, medium and narrow, I am working with them.’

Apart from this, the anti-hoarding campaign has been largely successful. The DCs have been instructed to fully cooperate in the implementation of the change brought about by writing the name of the caste on the bags.



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