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Khokon: Prices of essentials affordable, except onions

  • Published at 09:37 am October 2nd, 2019
DSCC Mayor Mayor Sayeed Khokon talks to the journalist after conducting a special drive at Buet market, near Palashi intersection on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune

DSCC Mayor Khokon said they are conducting drives to keep prices under control

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon has conceded that price of onion is out of people’s buying capability while prices of remaining essentials are affordable.

He made the statement while conducting a special drive at Buet market, near Palashi intersection on Wednesday.

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokon conducts a special drive at buet market on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka TribuneKhokon said: "We have recently noticed that the price of onions has been inflating rapidly, making its affordability beyond people's reach. Apart from that, the prices of other daily essentials do remain reasonable and stable."

 The mayor said several reports were also published in newspapers over the high surge of onion price.

“After taking cognizance of the issue, we started special drives from today (Wednesday) across the Dhaka South City Corporation area to keep the price of onions under control, so that people can purchase onions at a fair price,” he said.

A shopkeeper sells his goods to a person Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune Urging shopkeepers to sell onion at a fair price, Mayor Khokon warned that each and every shopkeeper must sell onions at the rate fixed by the government; otherwise action will be taken against them in accordance to the law.

Sayeed also mentioned that the supply of onions in the market is enough, therefore asking the general public to not buy a surplus amount of onions as it can create a vacuum in the market.

The mayor said the government has fixed the price of both local and Indian onions at a price range of Tk96 to Tk108 per kg.

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