The cabinet committee on national purchase on Wednesday approved the import of one lakh tonne
of non-boiled rice from Myanmar that had forced over half a million Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh with ethnic cleansing since August 25.
Chaired by commerce minister Tofail Ahmed at secretariat in absence of finance minister AMA Muhith, the committee approved the proposal placed by the food ministry to import the rice at a cost of Tk 366.86 crore.
Earlier, food minister Quamrul Islam’s visit to Myanmar for the rice import in early
September was bitterly criticised by many quarters amid the violence launched by Myanmar in Rhakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing.
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