RANGPUR: The government has allocated an all-time record quantity of 6,343 tonnes rice under special Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme for over 4.22-lakh poor families to assist them in celebrating the holy Eid-ul-Fitr festivity, reports BSS.
“The government has allocated 15-kg rice per card holder family under the special VGF programme for the first time this year against 10 kg in the previous years,” District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) ATM Akhteruzzaman told the agency on Thursday.The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has allocated the rice for distribution among four lakh 22 thousand and 915 poor and distressed families with 15-kg rice each in all eight upazilas and three pourashabhas in the district.
The upazila administrations with assistance of local public representatives and union level committees have already completed preparations to distribute the rice among the listed VGF card holder families.
“Each of the beneficiary families will get 15 kg VGF rice in all 77 unions and three pourashabhas in the district where the distribution process will be completed before the Eid-ul-Fitr festivity ensuring complete transparency,” Akhteruzzaman added.
Under the programme, 402.97 tonnes of rice will be distributed among 26,86 VGF card holder families in Sadar upazila, 1,336.51 tonnes among 89,101 families in Mithapukur, 1,016.25 tonnes among 67,750 families in Pirganj and 820.54 tonnes among 54,703 families in Pirgachha upazila.
Besides, 672.80 tonnes of VGF rice will be distributed among 44,854 families in Kawnia, 758.37 tonnes among 50,558 families in Gangachara, 834.36 tone among 55,624 families in Badarganj and 409.48 tonnes among 27,299 families in Taraganj upazilas.
In addition to this, 46.21 tonnes of VGF rice will be distributed among 3,081 poor and distressed families in Badarganj pourasaba and 23.10 tonnes of rice will be distributed among 1,540 families each in Haragachh and Pirganj pourashabhas.Talking to BSS, Chairmen Amenur Rahman of Chandanpat union and Masud Rana of Saddyapuskorini Union in Sadar upazila said they would lift allocated VGF rice for their respective union parishads soon to complete the distribution process by this month end.
Talking to BSS, Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib said adequate steps have been taken to complete distribution of the VGF rice among card holder families timely to assist them in celebrating the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr festivity.