Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a videoconferencing with public representatives and officials in Khulna and Barisal divisions from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on 12 April 2020
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a videoconferencing with public representatives and officials in Khulna and Barisal divisions from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on 12 April 2020PID file photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked her party leaders and activists as well as public representatives to provide relief materials to the people who truly need these, reports UNB.

“Don’t consider who are my voters or who aren’t. The general people who’re in trouble have to be enlisted. Bangladesh Awami League works for people. It doesn’t need to consider who belongs to which party,” she said.

“Now, five million people have ration cards to receive rice at Tk 10 per kg. We’ve decided to prepare ration cards for another five million people,” she said adding that the government provides assistance to the people of all classes and professions.

The prime minister said this while talking to government officials and public representatives of nine districts under Dhaka division through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban in the city.

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The nine districts are Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Faridpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Madaripur and Gopalganj.

Sheikh Hasina said another five million people will be enlisted for ration cards so that they could get rice at a subsidised rate of Tk 10 per kg.

“Now, five million people have ration cards to receive rice at Tk 10 per kg. We’ve decided to prepare ration cards for another five million people,” she said adding that the government provides assistance to the people of all classes and professions.

Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League, asked her party leaders and activists to form separate relief distribution committees at every ward, union, upazila and district to assist the administration to take the relief to the needy people.

“Our administration and police are there to enlist names. You’ll prepare the lists and assist them (administration and police) so that no-one is left out and the relief and assistance reach the right persons,” she said.

Hasina also directed local administrations to engage local people for reaching the relief and other assistance to the right people during the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister reiterated her warning that any irregularity and corruption in the relief distribution will not be tolerated.

PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the function, while cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam and other high officials were present.

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