A total of 4.21 lakh people across the country will get rice per day at Taka 30 per kilogramme under Open Market Sale (OMS), the programme launched by the government at upazila level on Wednesday, reports BSS.
The government has launched the beneficial programme to keep rice within the purchasing capacity of the people, making a provision that one person can buy five kg rice per day, Directorate General of Food (DGF) officials told BSS yesterday.
The DGF is allocating 2,105 metric tons rice daily to 2,105 sale centers across the country for distributing the rice primarily for a month, DGF Supply, Distribution and Marketing Division Deputy Director Mohammad Kawsar said. The time-limit of the OMS programme would further be extended.
Of the total allocation, 251 metric tons rice and 502 metric tons flour are allocated for 251 sale centers per day in Dhaka, Narsingdi, Narayanganj and Gazipur districts, he said.
DGF Director General Md Badrul Hasan said the OMS service started at 627 centers in 64 districts on September 17 with a view to facilitating the lower-income people, halting rising trend of commodity prices and keeping stable of the market rate, and added that the service will continue till October 15.
The activities of OMS, however, were extended to upazila level on September 20, the DG said.
Among the 491 upazilas of the country, the OMS service has been continuing at all upazilas of Netrokona, Kishoreganj and Sunamganj districts for couple of months, Badrul Hasan said.
Barring these upazilas under the districts, a total of 1,229 metric tons rice would be sold in the rest 408 upazilas across the country per day.
The DG said the godown price of per kg rice is Taka 28.5 and it will be Taka 30 per kg for consumers.