Actions to be taken if anyone capitalises COVID-19: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:53, Mar 18,2020 | Updated: 16:13, Mar 18,2020


Food minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder.

Food minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Wednesday said that stern actions would be taken against anyone if they tried to make the rice market unstable capitalising on the COVID-19 outbreak.

He said that there was no reason to be panicked and called upon all concerned to stay away from panic buying.

‘If needed we will import rice. There will be no crisis,’ he added.

The food minister said this at a press conference at the Secretariat in Dhaka.

Dhaka city markets on Tuesday witnessed panic buying of essential commodities amid the coronavirus outbreak fears with the prices of rice going up on the markets on the day.

Traders said that city’s superstores and grocery stores started witnessing rush of buyers from Monday.

Most of the buyers bought essential commodities including rice, atta, pulse, edible oil, salt and sugar in large quantities and many of them also bought bottles of hand-wash and sanitisers in large quantities.

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