Rice-sale for poor people under OMS begins

The government began rice selling at the minimum price under Open Market Sale (OMS) programme today for aiding the poor people at three divisional cities, including the capital Dhaka, and four labour-intensive districts.

"The government has started rice selling at three divisional cities and four labour-intensive districts side by side with the distribution of coarse flour (atta) under OMS. This programme will continue considering the demand of the people," said Director (Sale, Distribution and Marketing ) of the Food Department Sukumar Chandra Roy.

The OMS progrmme started immediately after the price of coarse variety of rice shot up at retail market across the country, said the official.

Under the programme, the Food Department will sell 11,440 tonnes of rice at a cost of Taka 15 per kg.

A total of 324 dealers have been appointed to carry out the programme fixing 244 dealers for Dhaka Division, 50 dealers for Khulna Division, and 30 for Chittagong Division.

The appointed dealers will sell a total of 440 tonnes of rice per day using 324 trucks in the respective areas. Of the total 440 tonnes, 240 tonnes rice have been earmarked for Dhaka city, 60 tonnes for Tejgaon circle, including Keraniganj, 80 tonnes for Khulna Divisional, 25 tonnes for Narayanganj City Corporation, including Rupganj upazila and 24 tonnes for Savar, Ashulia and Dhamrai upazilas.

Besides this, a total of 30 tonnes rice per day would be sold at labour-intensive areas of Gazipur, including Gazipur, Tongi and Kaliakoir upazilas, 15 tonnes of rice in Narsingdi and 60 tonnes for Chittagong division.

The food department is also selling atta under the OMS programme across the country. A total of 971 tonnes of atta are being sold per day under the OMS programme across the country. The retail price of per kg atta is Taka 17.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)