2 March 2023, Thu, 10:05

District and City Ameer conference held; expresses concern over the price hikes of the essential commodities

-Professor Mujibur Rahman

A conference of Jamaat-e-Islami’s District and City Ameer was held with the party’s Acting Ameer and former MP Professor Mujibur Rahman in the chair. The conference condemned the price hikes of essential commodities and electricity.

Since the incumbent government came to the power, the prices of essential commodities have exceeded all previous records. Prior to the election, the ruling party had promised to provide rice at 10 taka per kilogram. But rice is not available below 60/70 taka per kilogram. Prices of lentils, oil, fish, chicken, milk, and baby foods have also increased recklessly.

Life becomes so much more difficult for poor and middle-class families. The general masses became entrapped by the syndicate, created by the ruling party men. Basically, dishonest and profit-seeking traders are making the price higher under the patronization of the government. The massive price hike, poor business situation, and shutdown of the mills and factories have caused severe uncertainties and havoc for the general people.

The government is not properly elected and as such, they are doing activities rampantly and whimsically as they do not feel any responsibility towards the people. The price of water has increased 14 times in the last 13 years. The government recently hiked the power price by 5 percent. The government increased the power price 13 times at the customer level and 11 times at the retail stage. The repeated power price hikes will increase the price of every commodity and living expense once again.

Due to the massive looting of the ruling party men and their money laundering activities, the economy is on the verge of destruction now. Businessmen and traders even cannot open LC because of the dollar and reserve fund crisis. They cannot import the basic items as well. This critical condition may put a bad impact on Ramadan.

Under the circumstances, this District and City Ameer conference is urging the concerned authorities to take effective steps for curbing the price hike of the essentials and also to withdraw the decision of increasing the power tariff.