18,629 tonnes rice distributed in Rajshahi division

22 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: The government has, so far, distributed 18,629 tonnes of rice and over Taka 11.27 crore in cash among the families in need in Rajshahi division as part of its instant humanitarian support to tackle the present Covid-19 related troubled situation.

Around 24.69 lakh jobless and distressed households comprising over 1.11 crore population received the rice and cash support amid the hardships being caused by the pandemic in all eight districts in the division till 8am on Thursday, reports BSS.

Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Humayun Kabir Khandaker said each of 16,22,695 families received 10 kilograms of rice while another 8,47,209 families got the cash support for baby food purpose and other urgent expenses amid the crisis.

A total of 2,003 tonnes of rice and over Taka 1.26 crore in cash are in the stock at present for distribution.

Meanwhile, 2,181.24 tonnes of rice and 12,089.54 tonnes of flour have been distributed at Taka 10 and Taka 18 per kilogram respectively among the needy families under the government’s open market sale (OMS) programme in the division till Tuesday last, said Raihanul Kabir, regional controller of food.

Besides, 1,21,544.98 tonnes of rice was distributed among 7,73,026 enlisted poor and extreme poor households under the government’s “Food Friendly Programme” till Wednesday last.

Another 4,500 tonnes of rice is also being distributed among the needy families under the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme, Raihanul Kabir said, adding that each of 1.5 lakh beneficiary families is getting 30 kilograms of rice every month free of cost continuously.

Rajshahi City Corporation has, so far, disbursed 376 tonnes of rice, five tonnes of flour, 64 tonnes of pulse, 67 tonnes of potato, 2,000 packets of baby food, 300 tonnes of seasonal vegetables and 1,500 packets of cooked foods benefiting around 1.30 lakh jobless and poor families in the city.

Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton said foodstuffs will also be distributed among 7,400 people as the gift of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before the Eid-ul-Fitr.