TCB to sell essentials at subsidised price

Expand the facilities to union level

Published : 13 May 2022 08:48 PM | Updated : 13 May 2022 08:48 PM

Country’s people believe the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always stays beside the people during any crisis as it does politics for the welfare of the people. It is good to note that the government is going to start selling four essential commodities, including edible oil, at affordable price among low-income groups of people through the state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) across the country from next month.

The corporation will sell sugar at Tk55 per kg, lentil pulses at Tk65, chickpeas at Tk50 per kg, per litre soybean oil at Tk 110 and onion at reasonable prices. A consumer can buy a maximum of 2 litre of oil, 2 kg of sugar, 2 kg of lentil pulses and 2 kg onion. However, consumers can buy chickpeas as per their demand.

Necessary measurers should be taken so that only 

the deserved families can avail of the facilities

As the prices of essential commodities continue to soar, the government has decided to sell these essential goods at subsidised prices to one core selected low-income families outside the capital from June. The decision was taken in an emergency meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The PMO also ordered authorities concerned to take stern action against people hoarding essential goods and making syndicates to raise the price of those.

Apart from these, the PMO also directed all the officials concerned to further intensify the ongoing countrywide special drive against hoarding of edible oil to ensure fair price of the product in local markets. Sheikh Hasina warned that any irregularity and negligence would not be tolerated in selling daily essentials among the low-income families at subsidised price. 

We applaud the government’s time-befitting steps when the recent price hike of essentials in the country has dealt a double blow to the poor and the middle-income group of people. The prices of almost all essential commodities have gone up, making it difficult for the common people to meet their daily needs.

We have seen the prices of essential commodities have increased across the world, not only in Bangladesh, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. On the other hand, taking the advantage, there are some people who want to make some quick bucks during the period (capitalising the situation arising out of the Coronavirus and Russian-Ukraine conflicts).  The government must intensify monitoring the recent price hike of some essentials to check anomalies. We hope when the TCB will begin selling the essential commodities across the country the prices will come down. Last but not least, necessary measurers should be taken so that only the deserved families can avail the facilities.