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Food Minister warns officials against negligence in OMS food distribution

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Published: 15:05, 19 May 2024

Food Minister warns officials against negligence in OMS food distribution

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Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday warned the officials concerned of jail and fine if negligence is found in the distribution of products under OMS programme.

“If there is any negligence in the distribution of OMS goods, the dealer and the officials concerned  of the food department will be accountable, Monitoring has already been strengthened,” he said while inaugurating the sale of rice and flour at fair prices through Open Market Sale(OMS) cards at Ansar Camp bus stand in the capital’s Mirpur.

The minister said if OMS products are distributed through cards, the tendency of taking rice and flour more than once will be stopped.

It will also be easy to identify whether the cardholder is from other area and it will be possible to reach OMS goods to the real poor people, he added.

He said 14 lakh beneficiaries will be able to collect OMS rice and flour through this special card and  more beneficiaries will be brought under the programme in the future .

He instructed the officials concerned to remain watchful so that there is no duplication in the card disbursement.

The food minister said farmers will lose interest in production if they do not get a fair price for their produce.

To encourage them, the government has increased the price of paddy by Tk 2 in the Boro procurement season, he said.

Food Secretary Md Ismail Hossain and Additional Director General of Directorate General of Food Md Abdullah Al Mamun addressed the function as special guests.

Later, the minister handed over packets of OMS rice and flour sold through cards to the beneficiaries at the center.