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PM warns of stern action against profit-mongers

  • Published at 07:56 pm January 22nd, 2020
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the parliament on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Focus Bangla

On the occasion of the holy Ramadan, she said, the government has decided to import onion through big importers

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina has warned that stern action would be taken if someone is involved in creating artificial crisis of essential commodities in the market.

"Some greedy and profit-mongers often try to gain more profits and destabilize market by creating artificial crisis of essential commodities. Our government is very aware of this," she told the parliament on Wednesday while replying to a starred question from treasury bench member Mohammad Ebadul Karim (Brahmanbaria 5).

The prime minister said if the government could identify the people involved in creating artificial crisis of essential commodities in the market, stern action would be taken against them, reports BSS.

Besides, she said, the drives of mobile courts are being carried out regularly to check price of essentials, while district administrations in coordination with traders' associations are monitoring markets.

"By hiring sources, intelligence surveillance continues to control markets," she added.

The leader of the House said the government has taken a plan to buy or import 5,000 tons of sugar, 3,000 tons of bottled soybean oil, 2,500 tons chickpea, 2,500 tons of pulse, and 200 tons of dates during the current fiscal (2019-20) to sell those through the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).

On the occasion of the holy Ramadan, she said, the government has decided to import onion through big importers. 

"The TCB will sell these commodities across the country through truck sale," she added.

Sheikh Hasina informed the House that the Commerce Ministry is regularly monitoring international market scenario of essential goods and local demand, production, storage and import of these commodities.

"We have achieved sufficiency in key food grain -- rice production. We are always sincere and aware of these goods which are imported so that no crisis is created in the market," she said.