The Food Ministry on Wednesday directed the Deputy Commissioners (DC), Superintends of Police (SP) and District Food Controllers to monitor the supply of rice imported by private traders.
A letter from the ministry has been sent to the DC, SP of District Food Controller of Jashore, Dinajpur, Sathkhira, Cumilla, Lalmonirhat, Panchagar, Nilphamari and Kurigram in this regard.The officials have been directed to ensure that the rice imported by the private traders is properly marketed, according to the letter.
The ministry of food has earlier allowed the private sector to import 10.18 lakh tonnes of rice to control the soaring price of rice. Private traders have already started the import of rice from India through different land ports.
Traders who were allowed to import 5,000 tonnes of rice will have to market 50 per cent of the staple by 10 days and the entire amount by 20 days while those who imported 10,000-50,000 tonnes of rice will have to release 50 per cent in the market within 15 days and the whole amount within 50 days.