50,000 families in Rangunia brought under food aid: Hasan

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CHATTOGRAM, May 8, 2020 (BSS)- Information Minister and Awami League (AL)
Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud today said 50,000 families in
Rangunia Upazila have been brought under food aid and social security net
through government-private food assistance programmes.

“Apart from the government support, we have started relief work since the
lockdown through the NNK Foundation, a family organization founded in
Rangunia after the name of my parents,” he said.

The food aid has already been provided to thousands of people of Rangunia
and it will continue in future, he added.

Dr Hasan was addressing as chief guest a function to distribute food items
among unemployed people affected by the corona virus through the NNK
Foundation, on Majumdarkhil High School ground in Rangunia Upazila.

Idris member, representative at self-reliant Rangunia Union of NNK
Foundation, presided over the function while Rangunia Pourshova Mayor
Shahjahan Sikder addressed the function as special guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahjahan Sikder said the second phase of food
distribution is being carried out through the NNK Foundation on the occasion
of the holy month of Ramadan at the personal initiative of the Information
Minister.

“So far, food grains aid has been provided to about 12,000 families in 15
unions and municipalities of Rangunia upazila only by NNK Foundation,” he
said. Each packet contains 10 kg of daily commodities, including rice,
pulses, oil, onion and sugar. At the union level these relief items are being
distributed while maintaining a safe distance. The information minister’s
distribution of food items to the people of Rangunia will continue throughout
the month of Ramadan due to the crisis caused by the corona, Sikdar added.

Dr. Hasan said more than one-third of the people in Bangladesh have been
brought under government assistance in this global crisis due to the corona
virus.

“Bangladesh AL MPs, various leaders and public representatives at
different levels have already reached out their aid to more than nine million
people. Obaidul Quader, general secretary of our party, gave this information
yesterday,” he added.

He said that more than one crore people will be provided relief on behalf
of Bangladesh AL and public representatives and leaders, including AL MPs,
before Eid.

Dr Hasan expressed his gratitude to the people of Rangunia and said that
they have repeatedly elected him and given him the opportunity to serve the
people of Rangunia.

Vice Chairman of Rangunia upazila parisad Shafiqul Islam, Vice President of
Upazila AL Abdul Monaf Sikder, General Secretary of Rangunia upazila AL
Engineer Shamsul Alam Talukder, upazila AL Religious Secretary Jashim Uddin
Talukder, Office Secretary Abu Taher, Social Welfare Secretary Kamal Uddin
Chowdhury, UP Chairman Nurullah, among others, were present in the
distribution function.