The government would import one more lakh tonnes of rice through international tenders at an estimated cost of Tk 127.77 crore to increase stocks.
A cabinet committee on national economic purchase at a meeting at secretariat on Wednesday gave approval to a proposal from the ministry of food to purchase rice from six suppliers.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed presided over the meeting in absence of finance minister AMA Muhith, now visiting abroad.
Additional secretary Mustafizur Rahman of the cabinet division told reporters that the procurement of rice was part of the government’s decision to import 15 lakh tonnes of grains against the backdrop of losses of rice due to recent floods.
He said the committee also approved other proposals including purchasing of per unit electricity at Tk 9.56 from 100 megawatt solar based power plant to be established in Pabna by Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital Company Ltd of India.
The government would purchase 15400 poles at a cost of Tk 211.52 crore from Contec Limited and Machine Tools Factory Limited.
Pipe Line Limited and Royal Pipe and Technique Limited were awarded the contract for laying of 30 kilometre gas transmission pipeline between Anwara and Fauzdarhat at a cost of Tk 71.69 crore.
Besides, the committee also approved procurement of two cutter suctions at an estimated cost of Tk 951 crore.
Mustafizur Rahman said a meeting of cabinet committee on economic affairs held at the same venue cleared four proposals including purchasing of digital devises for the national security intelligence at a cost of Tk 34 crore.
The devices would mainly be used by the NSI for intercepting mobile phones based illegal activities.
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