Yangon gov’t begins supplying foodstuffs to over 600,000 households

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and officials offering the essential foodstuffs to public in Yangon yesterday. PHOTO: San Kyaw Oo
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and officials offering the essential foodstuffs to public in Yangon yesterday. PHOTO: San Kyaw Oo

The Yangon Region government began distributing the 5 basic household supplies to over 600,000 households in the region yesterday.
“We began distributing the supplies of rice, cooking oil, salt, lentils and onions in Hlinethaya Township and we continue to other townships soon,” said the regional social affairs minister, U Naing Ngan Lin.
He added that the distribution will be carried out by the Hluttaw representatives, general administration department staff, elders, municipal development staff, ward or village administrator and volunteer groups of each township in order to mitigate chances of spreading COVID-19.
“Administrative officials and volunteers in North Dagon Township will divide into teams to distribute the supplies so that the people don’t need to leave their houses,” said Yangon Region Hluttaw representative U Nyi Nyi.
He added, “Ward administration will also announce on loudspeakers for when people in the list can come collect the supplies at the ward office. Each group coming to collect will have only ten people, wearing face masks and maintaining six-feet distance from each other.”
When the list of people without regular income was compiled, the Yangon Region was found to have 208,649 households that meet the criteria in the Eastern District, 37,233 households in the Western District, 247,163 households in the Southern District and 182,081 households in the Northern District, adding up to 675,227 households with 2,742,233 citizens.
Each household will receive the 5 basic supplies of rice, cooking oil, salt, lentil and onion and the Yangon Region government is also cooperating with interfaith groups and businesses to donate these basic supplies to monasteries, nunneries, homes for the aged, orphanages and other religious institutions in the region as well. In addition, the charity organization ‘We Love Yangon’ and other civil society organizations and generous donors are donating similar essentials as well. — Min Thit (MNA) (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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