Nationwide OMS, food friendly programme start

A man carries a bottle of soybean oil and a packet of lentil after purchasing it from a sale point of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) on the Secretariat Road in Dhaka on 12 January 2022
Sazid Hossain

'Food Friendly Programme (FFP)' and sale of rice at Tk 30 per kg under the open market sale (OMS) for low-income people began across the country, reports BSS.

"The government has started 'Food Friendly Programme (FFP)' and open market sale of rice from Thursday as per the directives of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," said an official of the food ministry.

The government has increased the number of OMS dealers three times for mitigating public sufferings and the number of OMS centres has also been raised to 2363 from 813.

According to officials, at each OMS center, Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) cardholders will get 5 kg of rice twice a month at a price of Tk 30 per kg while common people who do not have TCB card will be given the same amount of rice against NID card.

Under the FFP, over 50 lakh families across the country will get 30 kg of rice per month at a price of Tk 15 per kg.

The FFP or 'Khaddo Bandhob Karmasuchi' and the OMS will continue alongside selling rice and flour among TCB cardholders at fair prices.

Rice will be sold openly in 50 trucks in Dhaka city and under the programme, 2 metric tons of rice per truck will be sold daily under OMS.