Govt Resume Fair Price Sale of Rice among Ultra-Poor
Monday, 01 November 2010

The government on Monday resumed sales of rice through fair price cards to help ease the cost of living of hardcore poor across the country.

Rice will be sold at Tk 24 per kg from 8am to 8pm six days a week through the month of November, food minister Abdur Razzaque said.

The minister on Sunday revealed the price at a press conference at his secretariat office.

The programme aims at selling rice among 1,118,000 FPC cardholders around the country, including 580,000 in 90 wards of Dhaka, at a relatively low price to ease the cost of living of the poor people.

The government is considering increasing the number of cards to 2,225,000, officials said.

The FPC programme, launched on August 19, was halted due to shortage in rice stock.

Razzaque said though the programme was launched for November, it might be extended up to December.

The FPC programme will be implemented through some 814 dealers around the country including 320 in capital Dhaka.

Local MPs, ward commissioners and leaders of the ruling coalition would supervise the FPC programme.


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