Sale of rice at Taka 10 per kg for the daily wage earners started in the district today to help them feed at cheap rate under Special Open Market Sale (OMS) programme amid coronavirus outbreak situation.
Food Department is implementing the programme here and 2000 daily wage earners like day laborers, rickshaw pullers, van paddlers, transport workers, restaurant workers, hawkers, tea stall owners, beggars and transgenders would get rice at subsidized price through 5 dealers, said an official.Each of them would purchase maximum 5 kgs of rice at Taka 50 a week, he said adding that the dealers would be allowed to sell the rice at five spots-Khankasharif, David companypara, Kalibaripara, Purbaparaand Sundarzanmore of Gaibandha Municipality on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in a week.
Today (Sunday), the rice sale activity under the programme to the daily wage earners here was launched through 5 selected dealers simultaneously.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin formally inaugurated the rice sale activity under Special OMS programme on the ground Khankasharif Fazil Madrasha of the town here in the morning around 10.30 am as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Abdul Matin said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina adopted the programme for the daily wage earners to help pass their days and nights without food problem at the coronavirus crisis moment.
District Controller (DC)-Food Md. Zahirul Islam and Sadarupazila food controller Mofakkharul Islam including the media men were present on the occasion.
Talking to the BSS, DC-Food M. Zahirul Islam said the persons with coronavirus symptoms have been prohibited to stand in the queue to purchase rice under the programme.In reply to a query, the DC-Food said a total of 6000 hand to mouth people would get the facility in a week and the programme would continue until receiving the further order from the higher authority.