Army Chief General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed on Wednesday distributed essential food items among 5000 jobless and destitute people at Khulna stadium.
The assistance was a part of Bangladesh Army program, "Operation Covid Sheild-Phase-2”, undertaken to mitigate the economic hardship of people during the coronavirus lockdown.
The beneficiaries received five kgs of rice, three kgs of pulses, three kgs of flour, three kgs of potatoes, two kgs of sugar, two liters of edible oil and one kg of salt each.
The army chief called upon all to work in a united way in tackling the pandemic.
Nurul Anwar, Khulna divisional commissioner and high ranking military and civil officials, among others, were present on the occasion.
Army personnel of the 55 Army Infantry Division have been deployed in Khulna division and 11 districts of Dhaka division to coordinate relief distribution programmes, operate medical teams and patrol alongside the civil administration since July 1, the beginning of nationwide stringent lockdown.