Measures stressed to check essentials’ price hike

Speakers at a view-exchange meeting urged the authorities concerned to take measures so that prices of the essentials remain at a tolerable level in the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Leaders of the kitchen markets and different business communities pledged to sell the essential commodities at fair prices.

They also told the meeting that they will also monitor the kitchen markets before and after the Ramadan.

With Khulna deputy commissioner (DC) Khondokar Yasir Arefin in the chair, representatives of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), President and General Secretaries of different kitchen markets and shopping malls, law enforcement agencies, government officials and journalists, among others, were present in the meeting.

The meeting also decided that beef will be sold at Tk 700 per kg while mutton will be sold at Taka 950. Chicken especially broiler will be sold at reasonable price.

The DC informed the meeting that mobile courts have already started monitoring the kitchen markets against price hike and food adulteration.

The government has taken necessary steps for increasing the imports of consumer goods to stabilize the market with sufficient supply during the month of holy Ramadan, he said.

Besides, the government has instructed the respective people to ease the opening Letters of Credit (LCs) for essential commodities in order to keep their prices at a tolerable level during the Ramadan going to begin on March 23 or 24.

Ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, essential products are available at market as LCs have been opened recently, said Gopi Kishan Mundra, Vice-President of KCCI in Khulna.

While talking to BSS, several wholesalers of Khulna said, prices of some essential products have decreased due to its huge imports.

The law enforcement agencies have also been instructed to monitor and ensure reasonable prices of essential commodities.

The government has already taken food friendly programs including, OMS and TCB, for low-income people, the DC added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha