Prices to decline further if traders help | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 18, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 18, 2009

Essential Commodities

Prices to decline further if traders help

Says commerce minister

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said prices of essentials started to decline and it would come to a tolerable level if businessmen extend a bit more cooperation.
The minister made the remarks when a delegation of Dhaka City Fish and Kitchen Markets Small Traders Association met him at the conference room of the ministry.
The traders put forward a set of demands to the minister and pledged that if their demands are met, they would be able to reduce Tk 20 in per kg fish and Tk five in per kg vegetables.
The demands include action against aratdars (warehouse owners) who collect illegal tolls from greengrocers, stopping the form of toll popularly known as 'Koyeli' and all other sorts of toll collection, removal of shops from footpaths and introduction of four proposed kitchen markets in the city.
The minister told the traders that he knows about all sorts of toll collection, urging them to resolve the problems through talks.
Those who are involved in illegal business are less in number, he said, adding: “It is possible to stop activities of the dishonest businessmen, if honest businessmen, who are higher in number, perform their roles sincerely.”

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