Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Wednesday said it is not possible to attain food security if there is open market economy in a country.
A hunger-free and poverty-free Bangladesh will be possible if the country’s economy is based on socialism, he said.
The information minister was addressing a discussion on Food Security at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.
Inu said socialism must exist in reality instead of being confined to the constitution.
“It’s a shame that there was 2 lakh tons of food stock during the disaster. We could not ensure food for the poor,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, BIDS former Director General Kazi Shahabuddin said, “Earlier in a research, we have found out that food production in the country was shown higher than in reality and demand was shown lower. But we have seen that food is imported each year, not only during the disaster and situation gets worse during a natural calamity.”
Right to Food Bangladesh and Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Dr Kazi Khaliquzzaman Ahmed presided over the programme which was addressed, among others, by Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee Ministry of Food Md. Abdul Wadud, Dhaka University Prof Dr Khursheed Jahan, Department of Disaster Management Authority Director M Khalid Mahmood and RFB General Secretary Mahsin Ali.