Aiming to provide Chittagong City dwellers some respite from the recent surging prices of onion, the initiative will continue for the next seven in the port city
The Police Nari Kalyan Samity (Punak), an association geared to promoting the welfare of female members of police families, has begun selling onions at Tk45 per kg and will continue to do so for the next seven days as a way of providing relief to residents of the port city in view of the steep prices of onions.
People will be able to purchase onions from trucks parked before five specific police stations in the city, namely, Kotwali, EPZ, Pahartali, Khulshi and Chandgaon.
The Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) Deputy Commissioner (North) inaugurated the program at Punak’s Dampara office in the city yesterday.
According to CMP sources, the platform is selling onions without making any profits after purchasing them from BSM Group, a Chittagong-based importer.
Shyamal Kumar Nath, CMP Deputy Commissioner, confirmed the matter and said: “The onions are purchased from BSM group and will be sold at the premises of five police stations. Everyday altogether five tons of onions will be sold with a ton being available at each spot. The initiative is expected to continue for the next seven days.”
When contacted by Dhaka Tribune, BSM Group Chairman Abul Bashar, said: “The onions sold to Punak were imported from China. We will provide the association with a maximum of five tons of onions everyday for the next seven days. However, we will be able deliver more if required, as long as we have the necessary stock.
“We import these Chinese onions in three quality variants with an average cost of Tk45 per kg and they are sold to wholesale onion traders in the district at Tk50-55 per kg.”
However, retail price onions in the port city continue to remain unaffordable, with Turkish and Chinese onions being sold at Tk100 per kg. Onions imported from Egypt and Myanmar are being sold at Tk130 and Tk200 per kg respectively.