Shahnaz Begum of DOT
 The food ministry has directed to verify whether the location of rice, flour (OSM) centers in the government open market is in fact a poverty-stricken area. OMS activities run six days a week except Fridays and public holidays, reports bd-pratidin.com.
 The directive was given by the food ministry in a letter sent to the director general of the food department on Saturday (July 31). In that instruction, if necessary, the centers have been directed to be relocated to areas where poor people live.
 In this situation, the letter directed the Director General of the Food Department to take necessary steps and inform the Ministry.
 The ongoing strict lockdown imposed to stem the spread of coronavirus is dealing a severe blow to the low-income people, especially those in the informal sector. In fact, the restrictions on movement of people, transportations and businesses are not only affecting their livelihoods but also pushing them back to poverty again, reports The Financial Express.
 At present, everyone can buy a maximum of five kg of rice at Tk 30 per kg and a maximum of five kg of flour at Tk 18 per kg from the OMS center.