1,800 fishermen families to get VGF rice in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI Some 1,800 fishermen families will get 36

tonnes of rice under special vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme in

Rajshahi city and four upazilas in the district.

The fishermen families were brought under special VGF programme as they

remained abstained from fishing mother Hilsa fish in the river Padma here.

Under the programme, 579 fishermen will get 11.58 tonnes of rice in

Godagari Upazila, 493 fishermen to get 9.86 tonnes in Paba Upazila, 311

fishermen to get 6.22 tonnes in Bagha Upazila, 279 fishermen to get 5.58

tonnes in Charghat Upazila and 20 fishermen will get 2.76 tonnes of rice in

Rajshahi City Corporation area.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Aminul Haque told BSS that

distribution of the rice has already been started everywhere in the district

and the distribution process will complete by October 15.

District Fisheries Officer Alok Kumar Shaha here today said each of the

beneficiary families are getting 20 kilograms of rice during the mother Hilsa

fish conservation period from October 9 to 30.

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

conserving mother Hilsa fish successful. During the stipulated period, the

fishermen families remained abstained from fishing Hilsa fish will be given

special VGF food grains.

Besides, drives will be conducted in Padma River to conserve Hilsa fish in

association with RAB, BGB and Police, he added.

Alok Shaha said there is legal provision of sentencing one to two years

behind the bar against the law violators during the ban period.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)