RAJSHAHI, June 30, 2020 (BSS) – Some 8,572 members of 43 more professional organizations were given 66,500 kilograms of rice to mitigate their hardships being caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The daily wage earning and other hand-to-mouth members, who have been affected badly by the pandemic, were given five kilograms of rice each on Monday afternoon.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) provided the foodstuffs as the gift of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and as a part of the government’s instant humanitarian support to relieve the livelihood related hardship.
City Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton formally distributed the rice on the City Bhaban premises as chief guest, saying such type of humanitarian assistance will continue to cope with the troubled situation until its end.
RCC Ward Councilors Ruhul Quddus and Abdus Sobhan and Secretary Abu Hayat Rahmatullah were present on the occasion.
Another 22,752 members of 114 professional bodies were given 173.30 tonnes of rice to lessen their livelihood related hardship earlier in five phases.
Mayor Liton also said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly to ensure food security to the jobless people amidst the present troubled time.
He said there is no crisis of food as the government has sufficient stock and urged the recipients not to be panicked in this regard.
As part of the government’s instant humanitarian assistance, the RCC has, so far, distributed 1,394.85 tonnes of rice, Taka 48.12 lakh in cash and 145 cartons of baby food among the badly affected families as part of the government humanitarian assistance to handle the present troubled situation.
It has also distributed various types of foodstuffs like 325.33 tonnes of rice, 58.68 tonnes of pulse, 58.45 tonnes of potato, 15.08 tonnes of flour, 17 tonnes of fine and aromatic rice, 11.2 tonnes of sugar, 11,250 packets of vermicelli, 39 tonnes of pumpkin and 4.52 tonnes of spinach to tackle the pandemic situation.
“We are distributing the relief materials among the affected families to tackle the present troubled situation,” Mayor Liton said, adding the assistance will continue until the troubled situation ends.