The authorities of Dhaka city corporations have warned that they will take stern actions if traders hike prices of essential commodities and adulterate food items to maximise their profits during the month of Ramadan.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon came up with the warning on Saturday, when inspecting Hatirpul Kitchen Market ahead of the Ramadan.
DSCC Chief Executive Officer Khan Mohammad Bilal and Revenue Officer Yousuf Ali Sardar, officials of the Directorate of National Consumers Rights Protection accompanied him at the time.
“DSCC mobile courts will monitor all the kitchen markets within its jurisdiction during the Ramadan. If anyone is found to be hiking prices of goods, our mobile courts will take a hard line on them according to the city corporation’s regulations,” Khokon told reporters.
There will be eight inspection teams in 29 kitchen markets in the area, and city corporation’s executive magistrates will lead mobile courts and inspection teams, he added.
Earlier, Mayor Khokon told a views-exchange meeting that actions would be taken against those found to be violating the holiness of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has put up price charts in markets in its area. On Wednesday, DNCC Chief Executive Officer Md Mesbahul Islam held a meeting with traders’ association at the DNCC headquarters, urging them not to hike prices of commodities.