The government will start the intelligence agencies surveillance in onion market across the country, official sources said.
Besides, commerce ministry directed to the Trade Corporation of Bangladesh to sell onion during the shutdown (Hartal) through its dealers. The TCB did not sale the essential commodities including onion because the dealers are not interested to sell essentials in call Hartal of main opposition party BNP.
The decisions of surveillance of intelligence agencies and sell onion during the Hartal period takes at meeting of commerce ministry, commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed presided over meeting.
The official of commerce ministry said the three TCB officials to the Hili, Sona Masjid and Bhomra land ports to buy onion at any price necessary from onion-laden trucks coming from India.
On Friday, India raised its export price for every tonne of onion from $900 to $1,150, in a bid to rein in prices in its domestic market, said a notification from the neighbouring country’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Meeting sources said the commerce ministry has also sought police protection from home ministry for carry onion from land ports through trucks.
Commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed told Dhaka Tribune, “We have asked the chairman of TCB to sell onion during Hartal period, if necessary the government will provide police protection”
He also said local intelligence agencies will surveillance the Dhaka and Chittagong wholesale markets, and land ports.
Intelligence agencies will check import, storage, supply and price of onion of onion businessmen and agencies will also check the illegal stocks of onion, secretary also pointed out.
Kitchen markets sold onions on Sunday between Tk105 and Tk110 for each kilogram, while TCB charged Tk65 per kg at its OMS shops.