Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said that the price of rice will come down in the market due to the introduction of open market sale (OMS) and food friendly programme. Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumdar informed this information to reporters on the occasion of the inauguration of OMS and food friendly program adjacent to Azimpur Chapra Mosque on Thursday morning. The food minister said that three lakh metric tonnes of rice will be given every month under OMS and food friendly programmes. At present, the country has about two million tons of food grains stored. He said that more wheat and rice will be imported in the future plan. The food minister also said, at what price is rice being sold? From there I request the journalists to monitor the price at which they are selling and how much profit the retailers are selling after buying from it. There is no shortage of rice in the country, just looking at each business establishment shows that there is a lot of rice. Strict action will be taken against anyone making abnormal profit in rice. The minister said that strict monitoring is being done in this regard. When asked whether it is possible for the food minister to break this syndicate, the food minister said that it is not possible to break the syndicate. He wants the cooperation of journalists in this regard. When asked why rice is being imported from abroad even though there is sufficient stock of rice in the country, the food minister said that the amount of arable land is decreasing every year and the farmers are turning to different crops including mango and pineapple. For this reason rice and wheat are being imported in future plans. The food minister also said that the government has reduced taxes so that fine rice can be freely imported. It is expected that large quantities of rice will be imported soon. According to the sources of the Ministry of Food, 50 lakh poor people of the country will be given 30 kg of rice every month at 15 taka per kg. Besides providing edible oil, sugar and lentils through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), cardholders can buy rice at affordable prices at the rate of Tk 30 per kg and 10 kg per kg. Rice will be distributed in the food friendly program for the next two months of September and October.