138 fishermen families get VGF rice in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI A total of 138 fishermen families in

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) area received food grains of special

vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme here today.

The fishermen families were brought under the VGF programme as they

refrained from fishing mother Hilsha fish in the river Padma.

RCC authorities distributed 20 kilograms of rice among each of the

beneficiary families at City Bhaban conference hall.

Panel Mayor Rajab Ali, Chief Executive Officer Shawgatul Alam, Secretary

Abu Hayat Rahmatullah, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Aminul

Haque, District Fisheries Officer Alok Kumar Shaha and Senior Upazila

Fisheries Officer Abu Bakker Siddique were present on the occasion.

District Fisheries Officer Alok Kumar Shaha said a total of 1,800

fishermen families were brought under special VGF programme as they abstained

from fishing Hilsha fish in the river Padma in different upazilas in the

district.

Beneficiary families received 20 kilograms of rice during the mother

hilsha fish conservation period from October 9 to 30.

He said the government has taken special initiative to make the drive of

conserving mother hilsha fish successful. Besides, the authorities will

conduct drives in Padma River to conserve Hilsa fish.

Alok Shaha said there is legal provision for one to two years jail against

the law breakers during the ban period.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Aminul Haque said 36 metric

tons of rice was allocated for the programme.

Under the programme, 11.58 tonnes of rice have been allocated for 579

fishermen in Godagari Upazila, 9.86 tonnes for 493 fishermen in Paba Upazila,

6.22 tonnes for 311 fishermen in Bagha Upazila, 5.58 tonnes for 279 fishermen

in Charghat Upazila and 2.76 tonnes for 20 fishermen in Rajshahi City

Corporation area.

Aminul Haque added that distribution of the rice has already been started

everywhere in the district and the distribution process will be complete by

October 15.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)