Nearly 23,000 tons of rice earmarked as food assistance
The government has allocated Tk7.7 crore and 22,830 tons of rice for the people who have been walloped by natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief made the allocation Sunday.
Around 5,450 metric tons of rice and Tk3.01 crore have been allocated for 64 districts in favour of the district administrations; 3,280 tons of rice and Tk3.28 crore under 328 municipalities.
Rice and cash will be distributed as aid on a priority basis to unemployed and deprived people, including transport workers, considering the impact of Covid-19 and natural disasters, Md Selim Hossain, senior information officer of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, said.
The eligible people can get food assistance – rice, pulses, salt, oil, potatoes – from the allotment after calling the national helpline 333, he added.
"Also, 14,100 metric tons of rice and Tk1.41 crore have been allocated in favour of 64 district administrations to assist the people affected by Covid-19, floods, river erosion, and natural calamities," Selim said.