Update July 6, 2021

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One crore families will be given food aid before Eid: Quader

Mirajul Moin Joy

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said around one crore families would be given food aid ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

He said the government has taken multifaceted initiatives to ensure food and financial security of the poor and working class people.

Quader said a little bit of negligence and indifference can put an entire family in deep crisis, so everyone must remain conscious.

He called upon the party leaders and workers, public representatives and affluent people to stand by the distressed people along with the government during the coronavirus crisis.

“Human beings show humanitarian approaches by standing beside one other during any disaster. So, party leaders and workers and affluent people will have to stand by the destitute during this pandemic,” he told a regular press conference at his official residence.

Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, said prevention is better than cure during any pandemic situation.

“We will have to build strong resistance by staying cautious at the highest level to safeguard ourselves from the clutch of coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

Mentioning that water levels in several rivers have risen in different parts of the country, especially in the northern region which created a possibility of flooding, Quader said preparations have been taken at the directive of the prime minister to minimize the possible losses and lessen the sufferings of the people in the areas where water levels have risen.

About BNP leaders’ demand of managing funds for facing coronavirus by reducing the allocations for mega projects, the minister said the government has kept sufficient allocations to face coronavirus crisis and there is no lack of funding to this end and there will be no lack of fund in future too.

BNP has resorted to opposing the mega projects as they could not show efficiency is implementing mega projects, he alleged. “They don’t want progress of the country as they carried out looting during their tenure in office in the name of development,” he said.

Quader said the premier is very liberal in meeting all possible costs, including procurement of vaccines after maintaining all procedures and rules.

Noting that the country’s economic capability is very strong, he said now the reserve of foreign currency has crossed $46 billion while remittance inflow hit a record high of $24.77 billion in the just-concluded fiscal year 2020-2021.

He said even during the coronavirus crisis, export earning has also increased. So, the BNP made the absurd proposal of cutting allocation of mega projects with a purpose, he said.

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