The government started selling rice among the poor and low-income earners across the country at a reduced rate of Tk 30 per kilogram on Thursday.
The government has taken the programme to address the suffering of people that they are experiencing as a result of the rise in the cost of living.
The food ministry plans to sell 7.65 lakh tonnes of rice to more than 1.5 crore people in three months.
The government took the initiative following the announcement by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the TCB cardholders would receive a maximum of 10 kg of rice at a curtailed price under OMS.
The launch of providing rice through TCB cardholders would help to keep the prices within people’s purchasing power.
According to the announcement, rice will be provided on a priority basis to TCB cardholders in the OMS programme along with marginal people.
Of the beneficiaries, one crore will get the staple for Tk 30 a kg under the Open Market Sale (OMS) and 50 lakh special cardholders for Tk 15 per kg under the Food Friendly Programme (FFP).
One person can buy a maximum of 10 kg of rice and wheat at a time.
As the price of rice went up throughout the year, the demand for rice under the OMS programme increased among the working class and marginal people.
The government sold rice and flour through 1,776 dealers across the country, but the government extended the number of dealers to 2,363 taking people suffering into cognizance.
The government usually sells rice under a food-friendly programme across the year, but such activities intensify during the months of March, April, May, September, and October, as these months are considered a lean period for the poor and working people.