Keep essentials’ prices within reach: CAB

Protesting the relentless price hike of essential commodities and ‘fare anarchy’ in public transport, Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) held a mass rally at Nayabazar Bishwa Road intersection in Halishahar on Friday.

General Secretary of CAB Advocate Jamal Hossain presided over the rally.

CAB leaders said the Department of Consumer Protection, Safe Food Authority and Bangladesh Competition Commission have taken various initiatives to keep the prices of daily commodities stable but it does not work. Passengers are not benefiting even though BRTA and public transport owners have fixed the bus fares.

Businessmen and transport owners are increasing the prices and fares according to their will defying government directions. As a result, dissatisfaction is growing among the commoners.

In order to ensure the fare prices of daily essentials and stop the rent anarchy in the public transports, the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the policy makers of the government need to get the right information, the leaders said, according to a press release.

Speakers alleged that the prices of commodities are controlled by traders. As a result, though the prices of rice, soybean oil and gas have come down in the international market, it has not been reflected in the domestic market.

The speakers also noted that despite the nationwide students’ agitation demanding half fare in public transport, the owners have accepted the demand only for Dhaka.

In Covid situation, the price hike of fuel added misery to the common people. People want to get rid of this situation, they said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh