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Government unable or unaware quelling onion anarchy?

Published : Monday, 18 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 196
Letter To the Editor

Dear Sir

Onions price hike was volatile in the last few years during Eid but this time, onion price soars up to an all time high in different wholesale and kitchen markets. It seems to the consumers that government has neither control nor any plan how to handle the consumers' plight. What happens in our country, once the price level increases, it never goes down and seems to be government is doing everything but nothing to calm down the price hike.

The commerce ministry used to peg the necessity commodity prices including onion before every Eid, but failed due to the uncontrolled open market. Due to this price hike of onions, inflation creeps in and the purchasing power of the middle and lower classes go out of control. The standard of their living thus erodes. No doubt this time, onion price is much mightier position than inflation.

The government should have a long term plan how to produce the essential goods domestically and compensate the farmers during cultivation; otherwise, the same situation will be prevailed in future.

Md Zillur Rahaman
Gandaria, Dhaka

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