On Wednesday, the Ministerial Committee on Economic Affairs approved in principle a proposal from the General Directorate of Food to import 1 lakh tonnes of rice from India using the direct purchase method.
The National Federation of Farmers’ Supply, Processing and Retail Co-operatives of India Ltd will supply the rice to the management at around Tk 368 crore.
The decision was taken during a virtual meeting chaired by Minister of Finance AHM Mustafa Kamal.
The Minister of Finance also chaired a cabinet committee meeting on government procurement and approved seven proposals, including the purchase of 50,000 tonnes of rice from PK Agri Link Private Ltd of India at Tk 174.65 crore per the direction of food.
According to an update from the Food Ministry, the government food stock stood at 4.88 lakh tonnes – 3.99 lakh tonnes of rice and 0.89 lakh tonnes of wheat – as of April 5.
On February 17, management informed the Cabinet committee that the national food security stock was 5.19 lakh tonnes against a request of 24.55 lakh tonnes.
In July 2020-March 2021 of the current fiscal year, the Ministry of Food distributed 17.48.883 tons of grain – 13.56.363 tons of rice and 3.92,520 tons of wheat.
During the same period, 7.37,820 tons of rice were imported, of which the private sector imported 5.21,500 tons and the government imported 2.16,620 tons, according to the ministry of the press release. Food.
According to the update, steps have already been taken to import 3 lakh of rice and 2 lakh of wheat to bolster the government’s food stock.
Cabinet Division Supplementary Secretary Shahida Akhter, while briefing reporters, said a proposal from the Roads and Highways Department had been approved by the purchasing committee for the modernization of the Ashuganj-Sarail highway. -Dharkhar-Akhaura in four lanes by Afcons Infrastructure Limited of India at Tk 788.38 crore which would be taken from the Indian line of credit.
Two other RHD proposals were also approved, she said.
A joint venture of Reliable Builders Ltd, MD Moyenuddin (Bashi) Limited and Orient Trading and Builders Ltd was awarded the WP-02 work of the Sharitpur-Ibrahimpur road development at Tk 103.37 crore.
Another joint venture of Md Badrul Iqbal Ltd, Hassan Techno Builders Ltd and Oyster Construction and Shipping Company Ltd was awarded the WP-03 works of the same road development project at Tk 106.84 crore.
The committee also approved a proposal from the Department of Public Works to reassess the WD-1 package for the widening of the road to the Khunla shipyard.
Shahida Akhter said that a proposal from Petrobangla to purchase 33.60 lakh MMBTU of liquefied natural gas on the spot market to be supplied by AOT Trading AG, Switzerland at Tk 243.30 crore has been approved.
Tecnica Y Proyectos SA (TYPSA), Spain, Nippon Koei Co Ltd, Japan, DOHWA Engineering Co Ltd, South Korea, Development Design Consultants Ltd Bangladesh, BCL Associates Ltd, Bangladesh and Dev Consultants Ltd, Bangladesh jointly received the study from feasibility for the construction of bridges on the Shariatpur-Chandpur road and the Gazaria-Munshiganj highway at Tk 243.18 crore on the proposal of the Bangladesh Bridges Authority.
Previously, the cabinet committee on economic affairs also agreed in principle that the Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited would follow the procurement rules of the consortium to be connected to South East Asia-Middle East-Europe from the ‘West 6, a submarine fiber-optic communications cable system.
At a meeting in December 2020, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council approved the third submarine cable connection project, SEA-ME-WE-6, at a cost of Tk 693.16 crore.