General

89 new godawons constructed to preserve food in Rajshahi

The food department constructed 89 more

godawons at a cost of Taka 230 crore, increasing the storage capacity of 1,

13,500 metric tons in Rajshahi division during the last couple of years.

The department has also repaired and renovated some other existing food

godawons with an estimated cost of Taka 50 crore.

With the construction of new godawons, its total number stood at 512 in

the division, enhancing the storage capacity to 4, 01,950 metric tons at

present, said Md Muniruzzaman, regional controller of food here today.

We purchased 32 lakh metric tons of rice, 3.23 lakh metric tons of paddy

and 3.93 lakh metric tons of wheat at a total cost of around Taka 11,135

crore during last nine and half years, he added.

He said the department also distributed 17.57 lakh metric tons of rice

and 6.27 lakh metric tons of wheat to various stakeholders to mark different

festivals during the period.

The department has already started providing rice to more than 7.73 lakh

extreme poor families at a rate of Tk 10 per kilogram (kg) in all eight

districts under Rajshahi division, he continued.

The selected card holders are getting 30 kilograms of rice every month

through village ration dealers under the 'Food Friendly Programme'.

The government wants to provide food support to the extreme poor

families during the crisis period. That's why we need a good number of

godaowns to preserve food so it can be used in crisis time, Muniruzzaman

said.

About selling rice at TK 10 per Kg under 'Food Friendly Programme', he

said for every 500 families, a village ration dealer has been appointed for

distributing the rice smoothly while the widows and physically challenged

people are getting priority in the programme.

The food controller also said the rice selling programme at Tk 10 per kg

will continue for three months from September to November.

He, however, vowed to take punitive measures against those involved in

any irregularities regarding the programme.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)