The food ministry is going to be tougher on hoarding as it proposes capital punishment or life imprisonment against the offenders.
While the queue of people behind open market sale (OMS) trucks of the food ministry continues to remain fairly long, food grain distribution by the ministry was said to have dropped 19 per cent year-on-year in the first four months of the current fiscal year.
The food ministry yesterday informed the cabinet that 20 lakh tonnes of rice and wheat would have to be imported to meet demand and keep the market stable until January next year.
Accusing Food Minister Qamrul Islam of importing rotten wheat from Brazil, BNP demands his immediate resignation.
High Court asks the government to report in three days whether the wheat imported from Brazil is fit for consumption.