The anti-graft watchdog demands justice for public interest
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) expressed shock and disappointment as the domestic airlines have hiked the price of airfare three to four times, taking advantage of the Eid holidays.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the anti-graft watchdog described the price hike as an "atrocious extortion," and demanded justice in public interest, and accountability for corporate integrity.
TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said: “We are deeply shocked and disappointed to see the media report that some airlines of Bangladesh have brazenly involved themselves in an unprecedented atrocious act of extortion of passengers, by taking advantage of the higher demand for travels during the Eid holidays."
This, he said, is an extremely shameful example of non-compliance of national, and international standards, which is unthinkable for outfits involved in the airlines business.
"If these airlines represented responsible and prudent corporate practice, they could have planned to make special arrangements by temporarily expanding their fleet of aircrafts, and/or increased the number of flights to cope up with the increased demand, and thereby make additional profit," he said.
But under no circumstance they can go for such an illegal profiteering through collusive abuse of corporate power, and indulge in such corrupt activities, he added.
He called upon the government authorities, especially the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP), and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to duly investigate the matter, and bring to justice those responsible for this collusive corruption, and harassment of the customers by holding them hostage.
“Accountability must be ensured for public interest, and in order to ensure the minimum level of corporate honesty and integrity," TIB said in the statement.