‘Trickery’ with government rice in Kaliakair

A local UP member has been accused of irregularities in the distribution of 10 kg of rice under the food-friendly program at Kaliakair in Gazipur. According to the locals, the rice has been distributed out of the list with less rice than the enumerators.

It is learned that rice has been distributed in two phases on Tuesday and Wednesday in Haturiachala village of Ward 2 of Madhyapara union of the upazila. According to the list, each card holder was supposed to get 30 kg of rice but got 22 to 25 kg. Local UP members distribute rice by slip to privately known and own people by reducing the amount of rice to the number of the card holders.

As a result, many poor and helpless families in the area have been deprived of their due, locals said. Besides, as he is a UP member, he has collected ID cards of different people and used their names in the list.

20 victims including Kasim Uddin, Shakhawat Hossain and Raushan, who were on the list, said, “According to our card, even though we were supposed to distribute 30 kg of rice, they gave 25 kg of rice. Some even got 22 kg.

A few other locals, who did not want to be named, said that before the rice was distributed, member Bulbul Ahmed had personally removed the sacks of rice. Later it was explained that the distribution of rice among the people was rigged.

The accused UP member Bulbul Ahmed denied the allegations and said, “I don’t know exactly how the rice was distributed.” Talk to you later.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Tajwar Akram Sakapi Ibne Sajjad said there could be no irregularities in the distribution of rice under the food-friendly program given by the government. We will investigate the matter quickly and take action.

(Dhaka Times / 11 November / LA)

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