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Govt moves to increase food stock

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt moves to increase food stock

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The government has approved two procurement proposals for importing 50,000 metric tonnes rice from India and constructing a steel silo for rice at Narayanganj to improve food stock.

Approval for the proposals came at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair on Wednesday.

Department of Food will spend over Tk 1.6 billion to import 50,000 metric tonnes of non-basmati rice from M/S Bagadiya Brothers Pvt. Ltd, India in this fiscal year.

The committee approved another proposal of Tk 3.20 billion of the same department to construct a steel silo at Narayangaj which will enhance the government’s food storage capacity.

CCGP also approved two procurement proposals of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) under the ministry of industries to procure 30,000 metric tonnes of urea fertilizer and 10,000 metric tonnes of phosphoric acid.

BCIC will buy 30,000 metric tonnes of bagged granular urea fertilizer from Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Ltd (KAFCO) at a cost of Tk 1.12 billion and procure 10,000 metric tonnes of phosphoric acid for TSP Complex Ltd spending Tk 573.4 million under the two proposals.

The committee gave nod to reevaluation of a Tk 1.45 billion procurement proposal of joint venture of Reliable Builders Ltd and AbaidMonsur Construction for public works package WD-05 of Jhenidah-Kushtia-Pakshi-Dashuria highway improvement project.

The meeting was informed of the name change of the main bidder of public works and equipment supply of “Establishment of 160 Upazila ICT Training and Resource for Education Phase-II” project.

Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) is implementing the project.

The name of Korean main bidder, Taihan Electric Wire Co Ltd, has been changed to Taihan Cable & Solution Co Ltd after the approval of the procurement proposal.

The CCGP approved five procurement proposals of housing and public works ministry totaling Tk 6.93 billion to award different work lots of construction of residential flats for government staff and officials at Paikpara, Mirpur, Dhaka.

Public works of W-7-L-1 lot was awarded to Joint Venture of National Development Engineers Ltd and Delta Engineers & Consortium Ltd at a cost of Tk1.65 billion.

Wahid Construction Ltd bagged the project’s W-6-L-1 lot of public works at a cost of Tk 1.48 billion.

Joint Venture of M Jamal & Company Ltd, H M Helal& Co. Ltd and Hredi Construction Ltd; Banga Builders Limited; and KusholiNirmata Limited bagged W-5-L-1, W-4-L-1 and W-3-L-1 lots respectively.

Each of the work lot cost the government Tk 1.27 billion.