Stern action against irregularities over OMS rice, warns Food Minister

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Dhaka, April 13: Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Monday said stern action will be taken against those involved in selling Open Market Sale (OMS) rice in the black market.Issuing a warning, the minister also asked the officials concerned of the ministry that stern legal action will be taken if they are found involved in irregularities while distributing OMS rice.

“They’ll be dismissed from jobs and criminal cases will be filed against them, if necessary,” he said while talking to reporters at his residence.

Sadhan Chandra also said the licenses of the dealers concerned will be revoked and they will be blacklisted, if needed.

The ministry has already issued a government order in this regard, he said.

According to the order, the ministry has launched food-friendly programmes to provide food assistance to the destitute people amid the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country but through media it is noted that some people are involved in selling OMS rice in the black market and some people have already been arrested with OMS rice in different parts of the country.

Sadhan Chandra also asked the deputy commissioners concerned to inform the ministry about irregularities, if any, with specific evidence.