Commerce minister Tipu Munshi on Monday said that products of state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh would be delivered to the homes of middle-class families through e-commerce.
‘TCB is selling essential items across the country through trucks at fair prices. The government has taken the decision to sell four essential items such as edible oil, chickpea, sugar and lentil so that the middleclass families are not deprived of the facility,’ he said.
The commerce minister was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the operations of ‘Mahe Ramjan e Ghore Boshe Shostir Bazar’ organised by e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB).
He said that support from e-commerce is being taken to deliver the TCB products to the homes of middle-class families.
Tipu said that transactions worth Tk 16,000 crore took place online in 2020 while the government had taken all the necessary steps to support e-commerce.
The e-CAB digital hut dot net is selling TCB products through its eight organisations at fair prices to middle-class families online. The four products will be sold till May 6.
The price of per litre of edible oil will be Tk 108, per kg sugar, chickpeas and lentil Tk 58 each.
Each consumer will be able to buy a maximum 5 litres of edible oil, 3 kg each of sugar, chickpea and lentil per week where the delivery charge inside Dhaka will be Tk 30 and outside Dhaka Tk 40.
Initially, the facility will be available in Dhaka, Tangail and Sirajganj.
Senior commerce secretary Md Jafar Uddin spoke at the function as a special guest chaired by eCommerce Association president Shomi Kaiser.
WTO cell director general of commerce ministry M Hafizur Rahman, additional secretary (import and domestic trade) AHM Shofiquzzaman, TCB director Moin Uddin Ahmed, e-CAB director Zia Ashraf, Swapno on line director Shahedul Islam, Chaldal.com director Ishrat Jahan Nabila and e-CAB secretary general Abdul Wahed Tomal spoke, among others, on the occasion.
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