The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) is going to start Open Market Sale (OMS) of essential commodities across the country from May 15 ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
“We will start the OMS activity across the country from May 15 for the convenience of people centering the holy month of Ramadan,” said TCB Spokesperson M Humayun Kabir, reports BSS.
“A total of 185 trucks will be engaged to sell the essential commodities. Of them, 33 will be in Dhaka, 10 in Chittagong, five trucks each in other divisional cities and two each in district towns.”
Replying to a query, Kabir said: “The OMS would be operated on six days a week except Friday.”
He said the OMS activity would continue till the demand from dealers. A total of 2,811 dealers across the country would run the activity.
On April 30, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed at a meeting on essential commodities with traders, businessmen and officials concerned, said TCB is fully prepared for the job.
“We have collected pulses and gramme from Australia for OMS at a subsidised price,” he added.
The TCB spokesperson said a consumer could buy highest 4 kgs of sugar (local), 3 kgs of lentil, 5 litres of soybean oil, 5 kgs of gramme and one kg of date from the OMS truck.
Each litre of soybean oil would be sold at Tk85 while Tk55 fixed for each kilogramme of sugar, Tk80 for each kilogram of lentil, Tk70 for each kilogramme of gramme and Tk120 for each kilogramme of date.
TCB would allocate for daily sale 300-400kgs of sugar, 250-300kgs of lentil, 300-400kgs of gramme, 20-30kgs of date and 300-400 litres of soybean oil to a truck.