People can now purchase essential products of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) at less than market prices online.
The state agency said it will sell sugar, lentil, edible oil and chickpea through certain online stores to enable the middle-income people to buy essential goods staying at home during the Ramadan.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi inaugurated the activities virtually organised by e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) with the support of TCB.
The minister said the TCB presently sells essential commodities in the open market so that the poor and low-income people get the products at subsidised rates.
Now the government has decided to sell the commodities through e-commerce platforms so that the middle class does not feel that they are deprived, he said.
He said e-commerce is getting popular during the pandemic.
People can get edible oil at Tk 108 a litre and chickpea, sugar and lentil at Tk 58 a kg.
A consumer can purchase five litres edible oil and other commodities only 3kg a week.
Buyers will have to pay Tk 30 as delivery charge in Dhaka city and Tk 40 outside Dhaka.
Asif Ahnaf, director of e-CAB, said the TCB allocated them 150 tonnes of products for supply until May 6.
Of the amount, they will supply 146 tonnes for Dhaka city dwellers and the rest for the people of Sirajganj and Tangail.
He said as they have not got any demand from other districts, they did not include them.
e-CAB said Dhaka city dwellers can buy the goods from chaldal.com, shwapno.com, onestopsupershop.com.bd, sobjibazaar, jachai.com and kgclick, while Sirajganj people can get the products from epolli.com.bd and Tangail people from bairan.com.bd.
Presided over by e-CAB President Shomi Kaiser, Senior Commerce Secretary Jafar Uddin also spoke on the occasion.