Traders leave shops vacant during DNCRP drive
The officials of the Directorate of National Consumers' Right Protection (DNCRP) did not find any traders in around 60 percent of the shops during their drive at Karwan Bazar this afternoon.
The DNCRP went to the capital's largest kitchen market to check whether eggs, potatoes and onions are sold at rates fixed by the government.
This correspondent did not find any sales representative, trader or worker in 22 shops during the raid at around 1:30pm.
In a first, the government on September 14 fixed the prices of eggs, onions and potatoes in its bid to contain the runaway food inflation, which hit a 12-year high last month.
Then the DNCRP launched a drive to monitor prices in the country.
Today, Asif Al Azad, assistant director of the DNCRP's Dhaka divisional office, and Abdul Jabbar Mondol of the Dhaka district office, conducted the drive.
"Traders somehow came to know that we were conducting a drive. They left their shops before we arrived. They might return once we leave," Mondol said.
"We came to the market not only to impose fines but also wanted to exchange views with the traders to stabilise the market situation. But they are not cooperating with us."
The DNCRP officials will discuss the issues with the market committee members, he said.
Today, the DNCRP fined two traders Tk 11,000 for selling garlic, ginger and potato at higher than government-fixed rates and for displaying old price list of products.
Across the country, the DNCRP today conducted drives at 73 markets in 48 districts and fined 131 trading houses Tk 7.5 lakh in total.