Ever since the start of the lockdown, the low-earning population of Mymensingh city have been going through a rough time. Out of work on one hand, their misery is only compounded by the onset of Ramadan, which brought with it a sudden rise in kitchen market prices.
To contain the effects of such a dire situation, Mymensingh Police administration has initiated a subsidised food programme for the city's low-income groups. At only a token price of Tk 5, the police will serve an iftar package containing fried rice, gram, fruits, jilapi, and more.
Mymensingh Police Superintendent Mohammad Ahmar Uzzaman inaugurated the programme at Mymensingh city's Town Hall premises on Saturday afternoon.
"Daily bread earners -- especially rickshaw and rickshaw van pullers -- have been passing a miserable time," the SP said during his speech.
"Most day labourers have fallen into serious financial crisis, and it is beyond them to arrange for a sumptuous iftar during this month of Ramadan."
"Considering their situation, we've decided to launch this initiative from our own salaries," the SP said.
The police boss explained that police personnel of Mymensingh are pooling funds for the food programme out of their own pockets. He also urged the affluent groups of society to come aid them in this endeavour.
Though sold at Tk 5, the packet is actually worth Tk 62 at current market price. However, police said they could've made it free but chose the token price so that the hardworking people of the city don't feel any hesitation to take the food.
The iftar packets will be sold at different spots of the city daily throughout this month. For now, there are plans to sell 200-250 packets every day for the rest of the month, police sources said.
Among others, additional police superintendents Md Shahjahan Miah, Joyeta Shilpi, Md Fazle Rabbi, traffic inspector (administration) Syed Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station Md Firoz Talukder, and OC of detective branch (DB) of police Shah Kamal Akanda were present at the launching session.