The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh and the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection take measures to stabalise the price of groceries that have gone up by panic buying
The government on Tuesday cancelled leave for officials of two organisations under the commerce ministry in a bid to ensure commodity supply and continue market monitoring to keep prices stable.
Officials of the organisations — Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) and Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) — will oversee commodity markets so that unscrupulous traders cannot cash in on grocery items amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, said the commerce ministry in a press release.
Assistant Director of the DNCRP Abdul Jabbar Mandal told The Business Standard that the commerce ministry also formed a cell to look after the market. Consumers can lodge formal complaints to the cell by calling to 02-9545853 .
Moreover, the DNCRP hotline 16121 takes complaints about overpricing. People can also file complaints by calling the DNCRP at the following numbers: 01819404730, 1711273802 and 01714461182
In the meantime, TCB in a press statement said it will continue open-truck sales to stabilise the price of grocery items. Moreover, the TCB control room can be reached at 02-55013477 for sales related queries.
On Monday, Bangladesh decided to shut all government and private offices from March 26 to April 4 in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Emergency services such as hospitals, Fire Service and Civil Defence will not be affected by the shutdown. Banks will provide services on a limited scale. Despite the government's repeated assurance, people in Dhaka have been buying essential items in large quantities for the last couple of days, fearing a turn for the worse of the coronavirus situation.
The panic buying has shown no sign of slowing down as the government imposes tougher restrictions on movement to curb the Covid-19 spread. The price of rice alone surged by Tk10-15 per kilogram in the last one week or so. People are stocking-in on grocery items fearing a extended lockdown.