Govt to import 50,000 tonnes rice from India

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:50, May 05,2021


The cabinet committee on the government purchases in a meeting on Wednesday approved proposals to buy 50,000 tonnes of rice from India and 67.20 lakh million British thermal units of liquefied natural gas from a US company.

It approved a Directorate General of Food proposal to import the rice from Soubhik Exports Limited of India by train with each tonne costing $386.

The committee also approved two separate proposals of Petrobangla for purchasing two lots of LNG, 33.60 lakh MMBtu each, from Excelerate Energy LP of the US through spot-purchase. 

The price of a unit of LNG under the first lot is $9.53 and the price under the second lot is $8.93, said Cabinet Division additional secretary Sahida Akter while briefing reporters virtually.

The meeting, presided over by finance minister AHM Musstafa Kamal, sent back five proposals of the Public Works Department as per a recent decision of the finance ministry of not entertaining any proposal of the public works in the last month of the fiscal year.

All the proposals were linked to the construction of multi-storey buildings for government officials at Paikpara in the city’s Mirpur.

The committee also sent back a proposal of  the Water Development Board, asking it to resubmit the proposal with certain changes, said Sahida.

Five more proposals, including purchase of 30,000 tonnes bagged granular urea from Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Limited at the rate of $362.5 a tonne for the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation, were approved.

The committee approved two proposals of the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation to import chemical fertiliser.

The BADC will import 1.80 lakh tonnnes of muriate of potash from Belarus with per tonne costing $292.87 and 1.5 lakh tonnes of triple super phosphate from Tunisia at the rate of $568 per tonne.

The last two proposals of the day approved by the committee were placed by the education ministry.

One proposal is on purchasing services from Taihan Consortium of South Korea at a cost of Tk 460.5 crore under the ‘Establishment of 160 Upazila ICT Training and Resource for Education Phase-II’ project implemented by the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics.

The other is on procurement of equipment for vocational training in 640 educational institutions under ‘Secondary Education Sector Investment Programme’ project carried out by Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education.

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