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PM expects onion-loaded planes to reach in next 2 days

  • Published at 07:14 pm November 16th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates the 3rd national council of Awami Swechchhasebak League at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday, November 16, 2019 Focus Bangla

She also said it is to be investigated if there is a plot behind the recent onion price hike


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said onion-loaded cargo planes are expected to reach Bangladesh in the next one or two days to contain its abnormal price hike.

The government has also planned to review what actually caused the situation, she said.

“I expect the cargo planes carrying onions to reach the country by tomorrow (Sunday) or the day after tomorrow,” she said while inaugurating the 3rd national council of Awami Swechchhasebak League (ASL) at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday.

The premier said a situation was created in the country regarding onions, “but I don’t know why its price is jumping abnormally,” reports BSS.

She, however, said the price of this essential cooking ingredient spiraled in many other countries but its abnormal price hike in Bangladesh required to be examined.

“So we have to see whether anybody is involved in any plot (regarding the opinion),” the premier said.

The prime minister was addressing as the chief guest the inaugural function of the council of the Awami Swechchasebak League, the ruling Awami League’s volunteer wing after inaugurating the event by hoisting the national flag and releasing pigeons and balloons.

Sheikh Hasina, who also chairs the Awami League, regretted that whatever advancement the country made and what extent to which the people stay well, “ill efforts have been made to create issues one after another with an intension to mislead people.”

The premier said the price of onion was now also high in countries from where the government was importing this essential commodity.

“We have started importing onion in cargo planes,” she said.

The prime minister said, being a perishable item, onion could not be preserved for a long time which could be one of the causes for its price hike.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inauguration ceremony of the third national council of Awami Swechchhasebak League, an associate body of Awami League, at historic Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday, November 16, 2019 | Focus Bangla

“So, anybody who wants to earn some money by hoarding and increasing the price of onion, he or she will have to think that it’s a perishable commodity,” she said.

Mentioning that efforts are being made to dry the rotten onion, Sheikh Hasina said: “We have to see why and who are behind this (price hike).”

Pointing out that the price of onion in India is also high, the premier said the people have to buy a kg of onion at Rs100 or more there.

“The price in only one state of India is less as it is not allowing its onion to go to other states. The overall the price is high in India,” she said.

Ongoing drives

Vowing again that the ongoing drive against graft, terrorism and narcotics will continue, Sheikh Hasina said peace and security will have to be ensured in the life of the people of Bangladesh.

“The country’s development is possible if a peaceful environment exists,” she said, posing a question why money will be made by committing corruption.

The prime minister said the people of the country will no more tolerate anyone leading a luxurious life through earning money in a dishonest way like graft, extortion, and terrorism.

“Eating ‘noon-bhat’ (rice with salt) in the honest way is good and a matter of honour and dignity than having biriyani (rich food) through illegally-earned money,” she said.