Chattogram district administration yesterday launched a drive in kitchen markets across the port city to contain price hike of essentials during Ramadan.
At Khatunganj wholesale market, a date seller was fined Tk 2,000 for not displaying price list.
Another seller was fined Tk 10,000 for preserving dates in an unhygienic way.
At Riazuddin Bazar, a grocery and a broiler chicken shop were also fined for not displaying price lists.
At a recent meeting with businessmen, administration officials asked them to hang price list, properly preserve food commodities and issue sale receipts to customers. They were also warned of punitive measures upon failure to follow the procedures.
Mohammad Delwar Hossen, additional deputy commissioner of Chattogram district administration, told The Daily Star that they formed four teams to conduct drives. “Every day, the teams will go to different kitchen markets so that traders cannot hike the prices of essentials.
He said it has become a trend whenever a special event approaches, prices of commodities go up.
Unscrupulous traders increase prices of food items during Ramadan and take advantage of the high demand of certain food items, the ADC said.
“We won’t let it happen this time,” he added.