FPC Rice Sale Programme for Poor Starts
Thursday, 19 August 2010

The programme for the sale of rice to poor people holding 'fair price cards' (FPC) was launched on Thursday.

SM Golam Kibria, public relations officer at the food ministry, told bdnews24.com that the programme had started from 10am.

The programme was deferred by three days on Aug 16 due to logistical problems.

On Wednesday, Food secretary Barun Dev Mitra told benews24.com that the preparation to launch the programme was complete and that the programme would be launched on Thursday.

However, Mitra said that no decision had been taken on how long it would continue. "It will be decided after discussions," he added.

The government has already distributed 856,678 FPC cards amongst poor people across the country, of which 366,411 cards were distributed in the Dhaka metropolitan area.

The numbers may increase and the programme would be made permanent in the future, the minister had said.

Under the programme, rice will be sold at Tk 24 a kg in Dhaka, the six divisional headquarters and in all districts - with card holders being able to buy utp 20 kg of rice each month at this price.

Around 20,000 tonnes of rice will be sold under the programme, according to the ministry.

A total of 861 dealers have been appointed to implement the programme.

Source: bdnews24.com

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