COX'S BAZAR, June 13 (UNB): A total of 33,334 families have been given the 'Prime Minister (PM)'s gifts marking Eid-ul-Fitr this year in the district.
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya distributed the gift items on behalf of the premier in Teknaf and Ukhia upazilas on Tuesday.
Day labourer Syed Alam's wife Khurshida Begum in Rajpalong union of Ukhia, who was so surprised and happy after receiving the gifts, said, "I could never have bought new dresses for both my daughters without the gifted money."
Sultan Ahmed of the same area said, "What we are getting as gift is not important, rather we received a gift from Prime Minister that is the great achievement for us."
The minister said, "The Prime Minister is concerned about the local people along with the Rohingya refugees because she loves people and stands beside them."
In the Tk100m-scheme, each family got Tk 2,000 in cash, along with two packets of aromatic rice, 500 gm milk, one liter oil, one kg sugar, one packet of vermicelli (shemai), one bottle of Rooh-Afza, a saree and a lungi.
It is unclear as to whether the scheme is being funded out of the PM's personal funds or the state exchequer.
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