Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the government has adjusted public transport fares conditionally in the public interest in the ongoing context of corona transmission. Strict instructions have been issued to the BRTA and law enforcement agencies to take strict legal action against overchargers and transportation that fails to comply with the guidelines.
He said this while briefing at the government residence on Thursday afternoon.
He further said that there are allegations that many people are following the government instructions but again many are not following them and there are also allegations of collecting extra rent. I urge the transport owners to leave half the seats vacant and run the public transport in accordance with the hygienic fares.
Obaidul Quader said, “Everyone should keep an eye on the public transport so that it does not expand as a new corona transmission area.” In the public interest, leaving half the seats vacant, public transport is running in accordance with the hygiene rules. We urge everyone to abide by the decision to leave half the seats vacant in the interest of their own safety without showing instability in this situation and to be patient.
The general secretary of the Awami League said that the BNP has adopted endless lies and tactics of obstructing the way forward without getting involved in the continuous progress of the country. The BNP is opposing the state while opposing the Sheikh Hasina government.
Agriculture Minister. Abdur Razzak said that the prices of paddy and rice will come down soon. He expressed this hope by inaugurating the online boro paddy harvest from the Secretariat at noon on Thursday (April 1).
At the same time, the Agriculture Minister said that additional hybrid paddy has been planted in 200,000 hectares of land this year due to high production capacity of hybrids. Incentives of Tk 63 crore have been given in this regard. Hybrid boro paddy has been produced in one lakh hectares more land than the target. As a result, more than 3 lakh tons of paddy will be produced.
He said that although the price of rice is stable at present, it is higher than normal. The price has gone up due to various reasons. The Prime Minister’s call was that no one should eat because of corona. With the increase in the price of paddy and rice, the target was more production from the beginning. The target was to produce 20 million tonnes of boro on 48 lakh hectares of land. According to him, the government is optimistic about the yield.
The minister said the target was to produce 3.5 million tonnes of donations in Auschwitz last season. Aus will produce more than that next year. Rice prices have risen last year due to lower aman production. Aman production depends on nature. It is damaged due to floods. Boro paddy has arrived 10-15 days ago due to hybrid cultivation. It is hoped that paddy cultivation can be increased in Haor.
He added that the government is working to ensure that there is no panic over food in Corona. The government is working to ensure that the image of the government is not tarnished by food shortages. Paddy will be bought accordingly so that the farmers get good prices.