50,000 tonnes of rice to be imported from India

Staff Correspondent

24 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government is going to import 50,000 tonnes of non-Basmati parboiled rice from India at a cost of nearly Tk 1.70 billion in a bid to tame the heated up rice price amid the harvesting season.

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) gave nod to a procurement proposal of the department of food at a meeting held with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair on Wednesday.

M/S Bagadiya Brothers Pvt Ltd, India will supply the rise and the price of rice will be $399.90 per tonne or Tk 33.91 per kg, Cabinet Division additional secretary Md Shamsul Arefin informed at a virtual media briefing after the meeting.

The CCGP meeting approved a total of 16 proposals including 10 proposals from the power division, two proposals from the road transport and highways division, and one each from the ministry of railways, ministry of food, public security division and the local government division. The joint venture of Mott MacDonald Limited, Euro Consult Mott MacDonald Artelia SWECO Denmark A/S, AQUA Consultants and Associates Limited and Associates for Development Services Ltd has been appointed the project management consultant (PMC) for the component 1 and 3 at Tk 1.69 billion under the Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant project (phase-3) under a proposal from the local government division.

Threesixty Technologies, Delhaze Ltd and Panmark Impex Pte Ltd, Dhaka has been awarded the supply order for GSM UMTS Vehicular Active Support System for RAB at a cost of around Tk 296.4 million, Shamsul informed.

Prior to the CCGP meeting, the meeting on the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs was held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Shamsul informed that the meeting approved in principle to two proposals including one for signing Master Sale and Purchase Agreement (MSPA) with four firms for procuring LNG from the spot market by Petrobangla.

These four firms are - ITOCHU Corporation, Japan, Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, Shell International Trading Middle East Ltd, Dubai, and Total Gas & Power Ltd, U.K.

Besides, the meeting approved in principle to another proposal from the Ministry of Commerce for extending the timeframe by another three years till May 26, 2024, for importing or locally procuring essential items on emergency state purpose by the state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).

These essential items include onion, garlic, lentil, chickpeas, spices, dry chili, ginger, soybean oil, palm oil, sugar, salt.