Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday assured that her government was doing everything necessary to avert food crisis in Bangladesh because of untimely flood that washed crops on vast areas in the northeastern region.
“We have ordered rice import despite Bangladesh has enough food stock. There won’t be any crisis of food,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a gathering at Khaliajuri Degree College ground in Netrokona district.
Hasina visited the flood affected areas and distributed relief among a good number of people affected by the flash flood that hit the Haors in a number of northern districts in April.
“I won’t tolerate if a single person suffers from scarcity of food,” she said adding that her government had ensured food security.
“As the crops were damaged in floods, we will bring food from abroad, if needed… There won’t be any crisis of food,” she affirmed.
The government has been distributing relief goods among the flood-hit people and it will continue. Beside she said the farmers would be allowed agricultural loans at a lower interest rate.
“I do politics for the common people and I can assure that none will be without food in the country,” Hasina said.
She said the disaster management and relief ministry is distributing VGF and VGD rice among the flood-hit people, while the food ministry is giving per kg rice at Taka 10 apart from the OMS (Open Market Sale) programme.
Agri-inputs like fertilizers and seeds among the farmers are also being distributed to overcome their losses, she added.
Hasina said her Awami League party always stands by the people and would also stay with them in future.
She called upon the people to make the Awami League victorious in the next elections to maintain the continuity of government.
“You voted Awami League in the last elections. Hence, the country is witnessing development as there is continuity of the government,” she said.
Hasina also criticized Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament, for its destructive politics, saying the party indulges in plundering when comes to power and burns people to death when goes to the opposition.
“The BNP could not develop the country. It comes to power for looting and its only work is to cause harm to the people. What type of politics it is!,” she said.