Also says income of the underprivileged must be same as national average income
The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) on Wednesday said that the monthly income of the poor must be the same as the country's average income rate, for Bangladesh to become a dynamic developed country.
It also said that according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the growth rate of their income should be higher than the growth rate of the income of the wealthy population, so that growth does not increase inequality.
They made the remarks during a webinar titled "Consumer Rights in Development and Inequality 2021", jointly organized by CAB and Voktakantha.
The webinar was co-hosted by Kazi Abdul Hannan, editor of Voktakantha and Syed Mizanur Rahman Raju, CAB President Ghulam Rahman presided over the function.
CAB officials also lamented that while many government officials spoke out on SDGs and inclusive growth, they remained silent on income reduction due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prof MM Akash, in his keynote presentation, urged the people to speak up to the government about these issues, or take their grievances to the court.
He also said that if the media, the fourth estate, does not show solidarity with these demands and fails to form public opinion, it will soon turn into a mass movement which may prove fatal.
Prof Malay Bhowmik, Prof M Shamsul Alam, Rajekuzzaman Ratan and Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua also spoke at the webinar.
The critics highlighted the rights of the consumers and called on CAB to play an effective role in remedying their plights.
CAB President Ghulam Rahman said to be aware of maintaining the balance of the environment, and urged the consumers to be more aware about protecting their rights.