The government has allocated 26,305.20 metric tonnes of Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) rice in the fiscal year 2020-2021 under the humanitarian assistance programme for fishermen refraining from netting Jatka.
Some 3 lakh 26 thousand 615 fisherman families in 98 upazillas of 20 districts have been allocated for providing food assistance. In the first phase, rice is being provided to each registered and card holder family at the rate of 40 kg per month (60 kg per month for two months) in February-March for two months.
On Monday, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock gave the approval in favour of the Deputy Commissioners concerned. Instructions have been issued to the Deputy Commissioners for regular lifting and distribution of VGF rice by March 22, 2021.
The allotted upazillas are Dohar and Nawabganj of Dhaka district, Shibalaya of Manikganj district, Daulatpur and Harirampur, Sadar of Munshiganj district, Srinagar, Louhajong, Tongibari and Gazaria, Sadar of Faridpur district, Madhukhali, Sadarpur and Charbhadrasan, Sadar of Rajbari, Purusha District Jajira, Vedharganj, Naria and Gosairhat, Madaripur District Sadar, Kalkini and Shibchar, Chittagong Sadar, Banshkhali, Sitakunda, Sandwip, Anwara and Mirsarai, Sonagazi of Feni District, Sadar of Noakhali District, Hatia, Subarnachar and Companyganj, Sadar of Lakshmipur District, Ramgati, Raipur and Kamalnagar, Sadar of Chandpur District, Haimchar, Matlab North and District Headquarters, Mongla, Morelganj, Kachua, Rampal, Chitalmari, Sharankhola and Fakirhat, Sirajganj District Sadar, Chowhali, Belkuchi, Kazipur and Shahjadpur, Barisal District Sadar, Mehendiganj, Muladi, Hijla, Babuganj, Banaripara, Wazirpur, Gourba, Gourba Bhandaria, Nesharabad, Nazirpur, Indurkani and Kaukhali, Patuakhali District Sadar, Kalapara, Bauphal, Galachipa, Rangabali, Mirzaganj, Dashmina and Dumki, Bhola District Sadar, Borhanuddin, Char Fasson, Daulatkhan, Lalmohan, Tajumuddin and Monpura, Sadar, Amtali, Taltali, Patharghata, Bamna and Betagi of Barguna district and Sadar, Kanthalia, Nalchiti and Rajapur of Jhalokati district.
According to the government decision, procurement, transportation, stocking, marketing, sale and exchange of Jatka is completely prohibited from November 1 to June 30 every year. Of these, the government provides humanitarian assistance to fishermen who refrain from retrieving Jatka for four months from February to May.