Rice and flour under government’s Open Market Sale (OMS) programme are being sold to the poor in Gaibandha district through various outlets from January 20 creating positive impacts.
The objective of the rice sale under OMS programme is to help feed the poor at a lower price and arrest the price hike of rice, office sources said.
In the district, The Food Department has set up a total of 15 sale centers from where 15 tonnes of coarse rice is being sold every day, sources said.
Of them, 4 sales centers are in Gobindaganj Municipaliy, 3 in Sundarganj and Palashbari Municipalities each and 5 in Sadar upazila of the district, sources said.
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Each of the consumers would be able to buy five kg of rice at Taka 30 per kg and five kg of flour at Taka 18 per kg daily from the sale center.
Everyday, many poor men and women are purchasing coarse rice from the outlet standing in long queues.Talking to the district controller (DC) of food Antara Mollick said the programme would continue until getting further order from the government. In reply to a query the DC food said with the introduction of rice sale under OMS programme in the district, the price of both rice and flour is now on the down trend in the district.
Monitoring and supervising by the officials had been geared up in the district so that any dealers could not sell the OMS rice in black markets,