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Mia Ghulam Parwar criticizes government for massive corruption centering its food program
Saturday, 15th October, 2016

Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former lawmaker Professor Mia Ghulam Parwar has issued the following statement on 15th October, 2016 expressing deep concern as the news of massive corruption of the ruling party leaders and activists, UP Chairmen and members and Food Department officials and staffs centering the so called food friendly program of the government titled ‘one kilogram rice at 10 taka’ have been leaked repeatedly.

The real deserving poor and impoverished peoples are being deprived from their due rights and share because of the massive corruption of the ruling party leaders and activists, UP Chairmen and members and Food Department officials and staffs centering the so called food friendly program of the government titled ‘one kilogram rice at 10 taka’

Despite the disclosure of such news of corruption in different national dailies and news media, the government is not taking any effective steps to curb this corruption. Media and other sources claimed, even in the distribution list, only local ruling party men, relatives and supporters of the local public representatives, affluent, capable and government staffs have been included. Many names are seen in the lists that do not exist practically. Their allotted rice are being picked up and unlawfully distributed among the UP Chairmen, members and Awami League activists. On the other hand, the real poor people are running after the UP Chairmen-members and local Awami League leaders for the inclusion of their name in the distribution lists. But nobody is listening to them. Even extortion and bribes are being collected from many people on a condition of putting names in the distribution lists.

During the selling, quantity of rice is also being reduced. Rice is given less instead of due 30 kilograms. Rice is not given to the card holders; rather it is being sold in the open market or black market. Bribery, corruption and irregularities are also found while appointing the dealers as well. Though the widow, divorced, abandoned, extreme poor and street children are entitled to be enlisted for getting distribution cards, but in most of the occasion, they are remaining neglected. Resultantly, this food program of the government is being foiled severely.

We are urging the concerned sections, media and the victim people to raise vocal for creating mass awareness against the looting and corruption of the government and the ruling party men and also to press the government to provide rice to the real deserving poor communities.”