Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government will provide special cards to 10 million people so they can purchase some essential commodities at lower prices. “We have targeted 10 million people. We will provide them with special cards so that they can buy some essential items at fair prices,” she said while chairing a meeting of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance at Ganabhaban.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said her government is taking measures to keep the prices of daily essentials under control during the upcoming Ramadan. She said some 5 million people have already been given the cards to buy rice at Tk10 per kg.
“We will extend support to an additional 10 million people by providing special cards so that they can purchase essential items at fair prices,” she said. The prime minister said the 3.8 million people who got financial support from the government during the Covid-19 pandemic will be included in the 10 million people.
Noting that the government has enough food in stocks, she said it still has 1.8 million tons of food grains in stock and there is no problem here. She also urged the people of the country to increase crop production. “Not a small piece of land should be left uncultivated in order to meet our food demand,” she said.