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Conspiracy likely behind onion price hike: Hasina

Published : Sunday, 17 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 817

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waving at the gathering on the occasion of the 3rd National Council of Awami Swechchhasebak League at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Saturday. 	photo : BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waving at the gathering on the occasion of the 3rd National Council of Awami Swechchhasebak League at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Saturday. photo : BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said her government wants to see whether there is any plot behind abnormal surge in onion prices in the country.
She, at the same time, said they have made an arrangement to fly in onion from abroad which will reach the country by today (Sunday) or tomorrow (Monday).
Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating the 3rd national council of Awami Swechchhasebak League, an associate body of Awami League, at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the city.
The Prime Minister said, "Onion price is a problem right now…this is right that onion prices have surged in different countries, but I don't know why the prices soared abnormally in our country. We want to see if anyone is involved in this conspiracy."
Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken initiatives to import onion through cargo planes to bring down its price."To minimize the problem, we're importing onion by cargo flights. The      onion-laden planes will land in the country either tomorrow or day after tomorrow," she said.
It is natural that the production of a crop may increase or decrease due to weather, she said adding that there might be some people who want to make quick bucks by raising the onion prices through hoarding. "But they've to think that onion cannot be preserved for a long time…these might get perished."
Hasina said there are efforts to dry the perished onion. "Then why are you giving this pain to people? We've to see who're behind this."
The Prime Minister alleged that when the country is advancing and people are living in peace, there are some vested quarters who are trying to confuse people by creating issues."I'll urge people not to get confused and find out the real reason."
She said the onion price in India is also very high and it is currently selling there at Tk 100 (per kg). "But there's one state from where onion export is not allowed…the onion price in that state is lower."
The Prime Minister said the people of the country have to be aware that killers, corrupt and money-launderers must not be in power again.
"Their return to power means the sufferings of the people, putting the country on the verge of destruction, resumption of militancy and terrorism, as they're involved in militancy and terrorism," she said.
Stressing the importance of maintaining the pace of advancement, Hasina said the government wants to eradicate drugs, terrorism and corruption, and the drive against these social menaces will continue.
"Because we've to ensure peace and security for the people of Bangladesh and if the peaceful atmosphere prevails in the country it is possible to develop the country, we want that peaceful environment," she said.
The Prime Minister questioned why one has to earn money through corruption and stealing. "The people of the country won't tolerate living a lavish life with a show-off attitude with the money earned through terrorist acts, extortion, corruption and dishonest means."
She said it is much dignified to eat rice and salt with the money earned through honest way rather than taking Biryani with ill-gotten money.
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and Joint Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim were present at the council held with Nirmal Ranjan Guha, convener of the council preparatory committee of Swechchhasebak League, in the chair.
Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the council through hoisting the national flag with the national anthem playing. Later, she released pigeons and balloons. She also witnessed a colourful cultural programme.

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