PM asks to keep food reserve above 15 lakh metric tons: cabinet secy

PM asks to keep food reserve above 15 lakh metric tons: cabinet secy, According to Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed secretaries to maintain the nation’s food reserve at or above 15 lakh metric tons.

PM asks to keep food reserve above 15 lakh metric tons: cabinet secy

 

PM asks to keep food reserve above 15 lakh metric tons: cabinet secy

 

“The country has 16 lakh metric tons of food reserve now. Necessary measures should be taken so that food reserve does not go down below 15 lakh metric tons,” he told a press conference at the Cabinet Division conference room at the Secretariat here today. Earlier, a meeting of secretaries was held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The cabinet secretary said the premier also gave directives as various food-friendly programmes like open market sales (OMS), vulnerable group development (VGD), vulnerable group feeding (VGF) and Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) are operated properly. He said from now government employees will not have to provide asset statements separately to the government anymore.

Now they will have to provide only the asset statement, which they have to give on a single page during the submission of income tax return, to the Public Administration Ministry, he mentioned. National Board of Revenue has also no objection in the matter, he said, adding that now circular will be issued to this end.

 

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Anwarul Islam said the prime minister also gave directives to secretaries to keep alert so that terrorists cannot get any shelter or support or any financial advantage by any means. “You have seen that police detected some terrorists (Ansarullah Bangla Team) in Chattogram Hill Tracts and some of them have also been arrested and others managed to flee,” he said. The cabinet secretary said the premier also gave various directives about what to do in the context of current global economic situation.

She also gave instructions to maintain transparency and neutrality in project implementation, Anwarul Islam said. He said IMF has informed that the world will go through a tough situation in 2023. During the period, dollar rate will go up, he said. Russia-Ukraine conflict began just after the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, he said, adding that so, secretaries will have to remain alert to keep project cost rational.

The cabinet secretary said fuel, fertilizer and food security should be given top priority and import of less important goods should be decreased. Cost should be cut by stopping import of cosmetics, apples, grapes and other luxury items, he said. Feasibility study and assessment should be done properly and current situation should also be considered for taking up any project, he said.

 

PM asks to keep food reserve above 15 lakh metric tons: cabinet secy

 

The cabinet secretary said directives have been given to keep alert about projects taken on foreign assistance. The development budget is not reduced but the revenue budget has been curtailed, he said. The prime minister has given special directives to the secretaries to increase agricultural productions, he said. New varieties of livestock and fisheries have been invented, the cabinet secretary said, adding that directives have been given as such livestock are reared and fishes are cultivated in government lands to reduce import cost.

According to him, instructions were given to take the necessary steps to increase the inflow of remittances. The premier also instructed the secretaries to ensure e-land registration, good governance, and a reasonable price for necessities. The cabinet secretary reported that 17 secretaries in total spoke at the meeting.

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