Dhaka, Bangladesh
Food minister rules out possibility of food crisis

Food minister rules out possibility of food crisis

News Report Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Tuesday said despite the burden of hosting the forcibly displaced Rohingyas, there is no possibility of a food crisis as the country's current food stock was adequate. "There is no possibility of food crisis in the country as the country's current food grain stock was 15,30,317 metric tons," the minister said while responding to a question from Opposition lawmaker Syed Abu Hossain Babla during the question and answer session in the House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the Chair. Referring to the food reserve in the country, he informed the House that under the efficient leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh had achieved self-sufficiency in food. Besides, the Directorate General of Food and the World Food Programme, as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), is supplying necessary food to several lakh Rohingyas. Replying to another query of Treasury bench member Nijam Hazari, the minister said the government is also providing various facilities to farmers including agriculture material and subsidy. Meanwhile, Planning Minister MA Mannan on Tuesday hoped that the forcibly displaced Rohingyas would be gradually repatriated from Bangladesh to Myanmar and thus the Rohingya crisis would be resolved. "We hope that the Rohingya crisis will be resolved as well believe in resolving any problem through discussion. We want to maintain good relations with our neighbors and also pursue the main theme of our foreign policy which is 'Friendship to all and malice to none'," he said. The Minister was addressing a seminar on "Rohingya Crisis-Global Challenge" held at the Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) in the City's Kakrail area. He said based on the foreign policy, Bangladesh had been able to resolve various disputes with its neighbors like maritime boundary with India and Myanmar. Chairman of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Engineer Mouazzaman Hossain Ratan, MP, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission in Bangladesh Giorgi Gigauri, Assistant IGP Taptun Nasreen, Senior Human Rights Adviser of UN in Bangladesh Heike Alefsen spoke at the seminar as special guests. Chaired by President of IDEB AKMA Hamid, its General Secretary Md Shamsur Rahman gave the welcome address. Prof Christine Jubb of Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and senior lecturer of the same university Mohsin Habib made the key-note presentations. Mannan said the government is dealing with the Rohingya crisis with utmost patience and tolerance adding, "We also hope that the international community including the UN, ASEAN, EU will continue to play their due role in this regard." He also expressed his firm belief that the government would be able to handle the issue through continuing efforts in diplomatic channel with patience and cool head. "We definitely want the solution of this problem through discussion. Our Prime Minister is also moving cautiously and we're hopeful of reaching to our desired goal," the planning minister added. Noting that it's very difficult to estimate the financial loss of the Rohingyas as they were forcibly displaced from their motherland, their houses were burnt, women were tapped, Mannan said, "The main thing would be to ensure that the Rohingyas can go back to their motherland with dignity as early as possible." Extending his heartfelt thanks to the international community for their overall support to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh, he hoped that the International community would continue to help us to mitigate the challenge, repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland is done quickly, smoothly and they are fully compensated. (Inputs taken from BSS)

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