Bna Dhaka, 13 April : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today 74,000 MT of rice would be distributed among poorer people in urban areas for three months at Taka 10 per kilogram under the government’s OMS programme which would cost the national exchequer an amount of Taka 251 crore as subsidy.
She saidfive lakh tonnes (MT) of rice and one lakh MT of wheat worth Taka 2,503 crore were allocated for distribution among low-income people free of cost.
Sheikh Hasina urged the nation to await a sunny day to end soon the current dark hours in an address
on the eve of the Bengali new year Pahela Boishakh amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, gripping Bangladesh as well.
“The (coronavirus) darkness which surrounded us must end one day,” she said in her 16-minute nationwide televised address marking the Bangla Nabo Barsho 1427 from her official Ganobhaban residence lawn.
Sheikh Hasina said the enraged scene of the Bengali calendar’s first month of Boishakh inspires all to be brave and paves ways for new creation from the destruction referring to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s famous poem “Pralayollas” or “Ecstasy of Destruction”.