Govt urged to boost rice import
Sunday, 30 March 2008

President of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh Prof Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury Friday urged the government to tackle the spiraling prices of essentials, including rice, to assuage the sufferings of the country''s poor people, reports UNB.

He also suggested the government to increase rice import with money from the country''s forex reserve and suspending non-laboor-oriented programmes for six months.

"There is no doubt that the prices of essentials in Bangladesh have been at record high," he said while addressing a discussion at the Dhaka Reporter''s Unity here in the afternoon.

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh organised the meeting on the occasion of Independence Day with its presidium member Zainal Abedin in the chair.

B Chowdhury said the government should immediately launch a price-monitoring system across the country and take initiatives to import rice from Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar to tackle the food shortage.

Bikalpadhara secretary general Maj (retd) Abdul Mannan stressed the need for achieving economic freedom and political independence of the country through a national unity.

Major Mannan urged the people to work unitedly imbued with patriotism for rapid progress of the country.

"There are three national issues -- education, health and patriotism -through which people can forge a unity," he told the meeting.

Party leaders former Ambassador Mahmuda Haque Chowdhury, KM Mujibur Rahman Taru, filmmaker Shahidul Islam Khokon, Shahidur Rahman, Prof Shahidul Islam and Kartik Thakur, among others, spoke on the occasion.

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