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Government to import 14 lakh MT food grains

According to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her government has taken measures to import over 14 lakh tonnes of rice and wheat to keep the price of rice under control.

She said that her government does not believe in controlling prices of essentials by putting pressure on businesspersons. But actions will be taken if anybody is engaged in hoarding food grains, the premier warned.

“We are importing rice and wheat from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Russia and Ukraine under government-to-government agreements, she said. A large quantity of rice and wheat has already arrived in the country. She added her government has also taken steps to import one lakh tonnes of sugar.

She also informed that there is nothing to be frightened as the current food stock of the country is well enough.

The premier also described her government’s various measures including introduction of fair price cards, rationing for garment workers and open market sale to keep the price of rice stable.

On taking actions against unscrupulous traders and syndicates, the premier said it is usual that businesspersons will make their profit. But for that, they must keep the prices at a tolerable level so that people don’t suffer for higher prices, she said.

Hasina said, “Only putting pressure on businessmen will not bring positive results. I sat with them and heard their problems and have taken measures to resolve those.”

“The prices of essentials in our country are lower compared to that in our neighbouring countries,” she asserted.

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