The leaders of traders on Sunday promised to Dhaka South City mayor that they would not increase commodity prices on the eve of Ramadan this year.
They made the promise to the mayor at the Nagar Bhaban amid growing public concern over rising commodity prices.
The prices of essentials have already marked sharp rises in the city markets over the last two weeks.
‘The traders have enough stocks of commodities,’ said mayor Sayeed Khokan while speaking at a press conference to brief journalists about his meeting with the businesspeople.
‘They promised me that they would not increase the prices,’ he said.
Mentioning the items by names, he said that the prices of sugar, flour, soybean oil, palm oil, chickpeas and pulses would not be increased, as promised by the business leaders.
But the prices of sugar already went up by Tk 8-10 a kg over last two weeks.
He also said that the prices of ginger, garlic, spices, beef and mutton would be fixed soon after meeting with the businesspeople concerned.
Sayeed Khokan also said that the DSCC, in association with different agencies concerned, would monitor the prices at markets.
He warned that legal action would be taken against those traders who would be found to raise prices.
The mayor also said that they would conduct anti-adulteration drives at kitchen and iftar markets during Ramadan in DSCC areas.
City Group chairman Fazlur Rahman and TK Group chairman Mustafa Haider also attended the press conference.
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