No hike in Ramadan commodity prices, say importers, wholesalers

Our Correspondent . Chittagong | Updated at 11:08pm on May 03, 2018

Businesses in Chittagong on Thursday assured consumers that there would be no price hike during the Ramadan as there was adequate stock of essentials.
They made the assurance at a views exchange meeting organised by Chittagong chapter of Consumers Association Bangladesh at the conference hall of Chittagong district administration to keep the prices of essentials ahead of Ramadan.
Importer Abul Bashar said that there would be no price hike as there was adequate stock of essentials, including chick peas, pulse, edible oil, sugar and rice.
He said that there were many difficulties for the businesses – shortage of lighter ships to carry imported goods, weight limit for transports and shortage of jetties to unload imported goods.
Pulse importer Mohiuddin Mohin urged the government to withdraw weight limit for transport of goods through highways. A six-wheeler can now carry only 13 tonnes of goods and they have to pay Tk 4,000 per tonne in demurrages for carrying goods exceeding the weight limit.
Mimi Super Market president Md Zakir Hossain said that in their market they already formed a team for monitoring the market.
Chittagong deputy commissioner Mohammad Elius Hossain said that in each shop there should be a price list so that consumers were not harassed.
He said that every year ahead of Ramadan some dishonest businesses created artificial crisis to increase the prices. This year the district administration would launch mobile court drives from the beginning of Ramadan.
Consumers can complain by calling hotline number 333 recently launched to solve social problems immediately, said Elius.
Additional deputy commissioner Md Habibur Rahman, additional district magistrate Mashudul Kabir, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and industry vice-president Syed Jamal Ahmed also spoke among others.
Consumers Association president S M Nazer Hossain, ward councillor Jesmin Pervin, business leaders of Khatunganj, Riazuddin Bazar and Teribazar areas of the city were also present.