MAGURA, Sept 22: Rural Rationing Programme has raised the hope among the ultra-poor people of the district.
Sources from the district food office said under the programme, an ultra-poor person will get 30 kgs of rice a month at Tk 10 per kg rate. A total of 74 dealers have been requited to run the programme. Under the programme, about 2478 ultra-poor people are getting the benefit.
At present, rice price is abnormally high in the local markets. For this ultra-people are suffering extremely. In this situation, rice at Tk 10 per kg has raised hope among the ultra-poor people.
Mamtaj Begum of village Gangnalia under Sadar Upazila said, "My family needs four kgs of rice everyday. For purchasing the amount of rice, I had to spend Tk 140. But now I am getting it at a cost of Tk 40. This programme has come as a boon for us."
Balai Kuri, a dealer of Magura, said, "We are getting outstanding response by the programme of selling rice at Tk 10 per kg. We are providing rice only the people listed by authority concerned."
Magura district food controller Saiful Alam said he is finding unprecedented response from the programme. "We are also monitoring it sincerely to ensure the transparency", he added.
Meanwhile, BSS adds: In Narsingdi, Rice rationing at Tk 10 per kg under a new social safety net scheme which began on September 9 has created positive impact among the ultra-poor families in the district.
According to official sources, 63,039 ultra-poor families in the district have been getting opportunities under the scheme to buy 30 kgs of rice at Tk 10 per kg rate a month for five lean months during the dry season.
District Food controller office sources said of the total distributed ration cards 20,247 were distributed in Sadar Upazila, 18,145 cards in Raipura Upazila, 4,498 cards in Polash Upazila, 7,043 cards in Shibpur Upazila, 7,883 cards in Monohardi Upazila and 5,223 cards in Belabo Upazila.