The government has decided to buy 650,000 metric tonnes of paddy and 1150,000 metric tonnes of rice (hot and cooked) in the current boro season. Of this, 10 lakh metric tonnes of boiled rice at Tk 40 per kg, 150,000 metric tonnes of atap rice at Tk 39 per kg and 850,000 metric tonnes of paddy at Tk 28 per kg will be procured. Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder made the remarks at an online virtual press conference at 11am on Monday (April 26).
The food minister said procurement of boro paddy will start from April 28, 2021 and rice from May 8. Both collections will end on August 31.
Earlier on Thursday (April 22), a virtual meeting of the Food Planning and Consumption Committee was held.
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar was present at the meeting chaired by Agriculture Minister. Md. Abdur Razzak, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Health Minister Zahid Malek, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sham Rezaul Karim, State Minister for Relief Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman and others.
Israeli police finally withdrew from the Damascus Gate in the face of widespread Palestinian protests. The Palestinians celebrated the victory on Sunday night by removing the barricades provided by the Israeli police.
Palestinians have been allowed to gather again at the historic Damascus Gate on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan after nearly two weeks of protests.
Since the beginning of Ramadan, devout Muslims in Palestine have been prevented from praying there. This led to their clash with the Israeli police.
According to a report in Deutsche Welle, Ramadan was suspended in front of the Damascus Gate last year due to a coronavirus infection. This year too, the Israeli police barricaded the place.
This has caused tension among Palestinian Muslims. Israeli police were later told to remove the barricades in protest.