PM launches Tk-10 a kilo food-aid programme for poor

PM launches Tk-10 a kilo food-aid programme for poor

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Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from here today kicked off her government’s most generous poor-friendly food-aid programme to make rice available for ultra poor at a very low price.Under the programme titled- “Sheikh Hasinar Bangladesh, Khudha hobe
Niruddesh”- a card holder would get rice at Taka 10 per kilogram for five months a year during lean season.
About five million poor families would get the food support for the months of March, April, September, October and November every year.
Addressing a public meeting on the occasion at A U Pilot High School ground the prime minister said the food programme for ultra poor would continue across the country for which special cards would be issued.
The ultra poor families have been selected through the local public
representatives. The months have been selected in view of job scarcity for the day-labourers during lean period.
Besides, female-led families, widows, divorced or abandoned women and the poor households with children were given priority under the food support programme.
Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam presided over the function.
Local leaders of Awami League including president of Kurigram district unit Aminul Islam Monju, general secretary M Jafar Alam, president of Chilmari upazila unit Showkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram and general secretary Abdul Quddus Sarker also spoke on the occasion.
The prime minister inaugurated the food distribution programme by giving rice to 15 local people.
Sheikh Hasina, the then opposition leader, during her visit to monga-stricken northern districts on November 8, 2005, had pledged to remove plight of Monga-hit people if Awami League (AL) comes to power.
Accordingly, her government after taking office in 2009 has been pursuing a number of social safety net programnes to alleviate poverty in the northern districts. Food distribution at Taka 10 per kilogram is the latest one in aid to poor.
The government has allocated Taka 2,100 crore for food-support programme to distribute food among poor with Taka 27 subsidy in every kilogram rice, secretary of the food ministry said. – Agencies

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