Rawhide price manipulators won’t be spared: Quader
Published : Thursday, 15 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 139
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the culprits behind the rawhide price slump will not be spared.
"The government will investigate to see if any syndicate is behind this situation and take legal steps," the Road Transport and Bridges Minister told a post-Eid news conference at the Secretariat in the city.
"I don't know who're actually involved," he said.
Quader said a group of people always try to disrupt the business atmosphere.
He trashed BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi's allegation that an Awami League leader was involved in rawhide price slump, saying they are only raising sweeping allegations.
"It's not possible to find out who're behind the slump within a day after Eid," Quader said.
He said a total of 46 persons died in 43 road accidents from August 6 to August 13. He noted that this time the number of road accident and casualty is less than the previous Eid. Quader said the Eid journey was more or less comfortable but people of North Bengal suffered due to tailback on the Tangail-Sirajganj route. People will continue suffering until the Elenga to Rangpur route does not see four lanes, he said.
Quader, also the Transport Minister, said he does not have an idea about the real picture and that he learned about the matter from media reports.
Before Eid-ul-Azha, the government fixed salted cowhide and buffalo rawhide at Tk 45 to Tk 50 per square feet in Dhaka and at Tk 35 to Tk 40 for outside the capital.
On the other hand, price of salted skin of castrated goats was fixed at Tk 18 to Tk 20 per square feet while the price of salted skin un-castrated goat was fixed at Tk 13 to Tk 15.
The government decided to allow export of rawhide on Tuesday night to ensure fair price as the hide of sacrificial animals were not being sold at the prices fixed by the Ministry.