Five million families to get rice at TK 10 a kilo

Five million families to get rice at TK 10 a kilo

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The government will sell rice at Tk 10 per kg to 50 lakh ultra poor families across the country under the “Food-friendly Programme”.Each family will be given 30 kg rice per month for five months — March, April and September-November — every year, Food Minister Md Qamrul Islam said while talking to reporters after a meeting at the Secretariat on Sunday.
The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the programme at Chilmari of Kurigram district this month.
He also said the government will need 7.50 tonnes of rice per year for the programme.
From now on, cash money will be provided under Test Relief and Food for Work (Kabikha) programmes instead of food grains, Qamrul said.
He said the government had earlier decided to procure 7 lakh tonnes of paddy and 6 lakh tonnes of rice in the ongoing boro season. However, it later decided to procure 2.50 lakh tonnes more rice. “The government has so far collected 7 lakh tonnes of paddy and 3 lakh tonnes of rice,” he said.

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