Food minister Md Qamrul Islam on Monday said that the grain traders, including importers and wholesalers, must take licences from the Department of Food by October 30.
Rice traders in retail level, millers, hoarders and wholesalers, who did not take their licences
earlier, must get themselves enlisted with the food department by the date for running their businesses under the Essential Commodities Act 1956, he said.
The food department licensing is applicable for traders or importers who would keep stock of over 1 tonnes of rice and wheat, the minister said.
The food minister was addressing a press briefing following a meeting with district food controllers and regional food controllers at the secretariat in Dhaka.
Qamrul said that grain traders and importers would have to provide information on their stock to the government every 15 days.
Many traders engaged in the business of oil, sugar and wheat were also trading rice, he said, adding that many of them without receiving the licence. ‘Those unlicensed traders have been involved in the syndicate that manufactured the price hike of essential commodities,’ he said.
The minister warned of legal action against anyone who would ignore the government’s instruction.
About Open Market Sale, he said that the government had allocated a monthly 1.20 lakh tonnes of rice and wheat for various social safety net programmes.
Food ministry secretary Md Kaikobad Hossain and senior officials were present at the meeting.
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