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10 million TCB card holder families to get 5kg rice at Tk30

Currently, 10 million families are getting TCB products

Update : 25 Jun 2023, 04:28 PM

The government will provide 5kgs of rice at Tk30 to the Trading Corporation Bangladesh (TCB) card holder families from July 1, said Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday.

“Currently, 10 million families are getting TCB products and from July 1 the cardholders will get 5kgs of rice at Tk30 along with other items. 

The open market sales (OMS) dealers will provide the rice,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting over the progress of Boro procurement at the Secretariat.

Replying to a question about the process of 5kgs of rice, the minister said when the cardholders will get their TCB items they will also get the rice through OMS dealers. That means rice has been included as a TCB item.

Sadhan Chandra  said: “When the price of rice was slightly higher, we conducted the rice sale through 2,500 OMS dealers across the country and we also distributed an additional 200,000 metric tonnes of rice through OMS after taking approval from the Finance Ministry.”

Besides, we also provide rice to 5 million families regularly through conducting food-friendly program and they are getting 30kgs of rice each month.

Talking about the boro procurement, the minister said the government has procured 656,587 metric tonnes of rice and 115,272 metric tonnes of paddy till June 24 during the ongoing boro procurement season.

“We had set a target to procure 1,250,000 metric tonnes of rice and 400,000 metric ton of paddy. Our targets will be fulfilled this June,” he said.

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