The state-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will start selling commodities at a subsidised rate across the country on April 22 on the occasion of Ramadan next month.
“The TCB is likely to start selling commodities across the country, including the capital, for Ramadan on April 22 at lower prices compared to those at the retail markets,” said M Shekhabur Rahman, chief officer (commercial) of TCB.
Under the programme, the TCB will sell 2,000-2,500 tonnes of edible oil, 2,000 tonnes of sugar, 1,000-1,100 tonnes of lentil, 1,500 tonnes of chickpea and 100 tonnes of dates.
Some 2,827 dealers will sell the commodities at 187 spots across the country with goods loaded on trucks -- 35 spots in the capital, 10 in Chattogram, five each in all the divisional cities and one each in all the district headquarters.
The TCB will sell the items to help low-income people deal with possible hike in the prices of daily essentials ahead of the Ramadan. But the unit price of the commodities is yet to be fixed by the government, said the official.
The sale spots in the capital are Secretariat Gate, Jatiya Press Club, Kaptan Bazar, Victoria Park, Science Lab intersection, New Market-Nilkhet intersection, Shaymoli-Kalyanpur, Jigatola intersection, Khamarbari at Farmgate, Kalmilata Bazar, Rajanigandha Supermarket at Kachukhet, Agargaon Taltola and Election Commission Office, Rajlokkhi Complex at Uttara, Mirpur-1 Mazar Road, Shantinagar Bazar, Malibagh Bazar, Basabo Bazar, Ideal School at Banasree, Bangladesh Bank Chattar, Mohakhali Kitchen Market, Shewrapara Bazar, Dainik Bangla intersection, Shahjahanpur Bazar, Fakirapool Bazar and Ideal Zone, Motijheel Balaka Chattar, Khilgaon Taltola Bazar, Rampura Bazar, Mirpur-10 roundabout, Ashkona Hajj Camp at Uttara, Mohammadpur Townhall Kitchen Market, Dilkusha and Madartek Nondipara Krishi Bank.
The sale will continue till the last day of Ramadan, the official added.