Bna,Dhaka: The government has decided to distribute free rice to more than 10 million vulnerable people across the country before and during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha holidays, amid the Covid-19 pandemic that is battering the economy.
“It is the largest allocation of aid in a single order under the VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) program so far,” said Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Secretary Md Mohsin.
The government aid will amount to 100,068 tons of rice for 10,006,869 people (or over 10 million) beneficiaries under the VGF program. Each of them will get 10kgs rice.
The ministry on Tuesday sent an order to the director general of the Disaster Management Department in this regard, issuing the necessary instructions.
According to the order, 87,792 tons of rice has been allotted to 8,779,203 VGF cardholders for distribution in 64 districts, and 12,276 tons of rice for 1,227,666 cardholders in 328 municipalities under three — A, B and C — categories.
The order instructed the deputy commissioners (DCs) of the districts to collect the aid by July 28 and inform local MPs about the aid allocation. Source:DT