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Tk 10 per kg rice benefiting poor in Rangpur division

The poorer section people are being

benefited by getting 30 kilogram rice at only Taka 10 per kilogram every

month from September in all eight districts under Rangpur division during the

seasonal lean period.

Talking to BSS, a large number of the card holder beneficiary families of

different areas expressed happiness after receiving 30 kilogram rice at Taka

10 per kilogram for the month of September under the government's 'The food-

friendly programme.'

Poor housewife Latifun Nahar, a day-labourer of village Shyampur in

Chandanpat union of Sadar upazila in Rangpur said she received 30 kilogram

rice from the union parishad few days back to meet food demand of her family

comprising of six members.

I am very happy to get the rice at only Taka 10 per kilogram. It is

unbelievable to me that rice could be purchased at Taka 10 per kilogram at

such a time when the same quality rice is being sold at Taka 40 per kilogram

in open markets, Nahar said.

Farm-labouer Hosne Ara of village Iswarpur in the same upazila said, I

got 30 kilogram rice few days back at Taka 10 per kilogram to feed seven

members of my family and I will get the same for October and November next

during this lean season.

Bulbuli Begum, also a poor farm-laborer, of village Srirampur in the same

union said she is very happy after getting 30 kilogram rice at Taka 10 per

kilogram for September to feed her family comprising of five members.

Chairman of Chandanpat union Aminur Rahman said he already distributed

55.11 tonnes of rice at Taka 10 per kilogram to the 1,837 card holder

beneficiary families.

I will get more 55.11 tonnes of rice for October and November next under

the programme to distribute among beneficiary families, he said adding that

he also distributed rice at Taka 10 per kilogram during March and April

earlier this year.

Similarly, card holder beneficiary day-labourers Manik Chandra Sen,

Shyamol Chandra sen, Bhabesh Chandra Mohanto and Sunil Chandra Sen of village

Gangadas Baraipara in Haridebpur union of Rangpur said they are happy after

getting the rice at Taka 10 per kilogram for September.

Chairman of Haridebpur union Iqbal Hossain told BSS that he already

distributed 30 kilogram rice at Taka 10 per kilogram to the 2,325 card holder

beneficiary families of his union.

The government will allocate more 69.75 tonnes of rice every month for

October and November next for distribution among the beneficiary families,

he said adding that he also distributed rice at Taka 10 per kilogram in last

March and April.

Similarly, other card holder beneficiaries of different areas expressed

happiness after getting 30 kilogram rice at Taka 10 per kilogram for

September and thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government for

assisting them under the epoch-making programme.

Talking to BSS, Rangpur Regional Controller of Food Raihanul Kabir said

more than 8.47 lakh beneficiary families are getting rice at Taka 10 per

kilogram in Rangpur division under 'The food-friendly programme.'

The government is providing every card holder beneficiary family with 30

kilogram rice monthly at Taka 10 per kilogram for five months during the lean

season annually under the programme aimed at making rice available for the

ultra-poor at a very low price.

Under the programme, 25,411 tonnes of rice is being sold to card holder

beneficiaries of eight districts under Rangpur division every month, he said

adding that beneficiary families are getting rice at Taka 10 per kilogram for

September, October and November after getting the same for March and April

early this year.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)