The government has asked the deputy commissioners (DC) to monitor markets strictly during the upcoming Ramadan to ensure that the price of essentials is stable in the country.
The DCs have also been instructed to take legal measures if any abnormal situation in the market.
Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain came up with the information while briefing journalists on Monday at the Secretariat after the weekly cabinet meeting.
Earlier in the day, the cabinet meeting was held at the PMO with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Asked whether there was any directive from the prime minister about keeping prices of daily essentials stable, he said, it is being communicated always.
The monitoring activities are on at different levels of the government including the PMO office, cabinet and district level to ensure that prices and supplies are stable during Ramadan.Replying to a question about preparations ahead of Ramadan, the cabinet secretary said, “The DCs have been asked to monitor the market strictly and enforce the law if needed.”
He said they held a meeting on Sunday with all the DCs and UNO for more than two and a half hours on this matter. Instructions have been given to those who work in the field on behalf of the government.
The cabinet secretary said Ramadan has not started yet, adding, “We have given preparatory instructions from yesterday’s (Sunday) meeting.”
“There will be monitoring from our side in the market. If there is an unusual situation, we can apply the law. The DCs asked about this and they will monitor it very strictly,” said Mahbub Hossain.