The cabinet committee on national purchases at a meeting on Wednesday approved procurement of one lakh tonnes of rice, 1,20,000 tonnes of fertiliser and premium for 14 lakh tonnes of fuel oil.
Presided over by finance minister AMA Muhith at the secretariat in the capital, the committee approved a proposal from the food ministry to purchase the rice through tender won by Messrs Rashid Automatic Rice Mill quoting Tk 422.59 crore.
Cabinet Division additional secretary Mostafizur Rahman told reporters that the rice procurement was part of the government’s plan to import 2 million tonnes of the staple in the current fiscal year to meet the production shortfall.
He said the committee approved four separate proposals, two each from the agriculture ministry and the industries ministry, to import 50,000 tonnes of fertiliser from Tunisia and Morocco under direct purchase and 70,000 tonnes from the international suppliers
through tenders at an overall cost of Tk 255.95 crore.
The committee approved Tk 245 per barrel as premium for importing 14 lakh tonnes of fuel oil from different countries to meet the demand for the item in the January-June period.
The committee also approved, among others, collection of additional 50 lakh machine-readable passport booklets and 50.5 lakh lamination foils from UK-based De la Rue at a cost of Tk 362.54 crore and three proposals from the Energy Division with the financial involvement of Tk 350 crore.
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