The High Court today directed the government to take steps to sell Trading Corporation Bangladesh's (TCB) daily essential commodities to people at the upazila level, beyond the city corporation and municipality areas, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Principal secretary to the prime minister's office, commerce secretary and chairman of TCB have been asked to take necessary measures in the next seven days to this effect.
The High Court bench of Justice JBM Hassan passed the order following a writ petition filed by rights organisation Law and Life Foundation, seeking necessary directives.
The bench held a virtual hearing on the writ petition over video conferencing.
Law and Life Foundation's President Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallob told The Daily Star that the TCB's daily essentials products are currently sold to people in the city corporation and municipality areas at minimum rates and therefore, people at the upazila levels are deprived of TCB's goods.
"We filed the writ petition as a public interest litigation with the high court on May 31 seeking it's directives on the authorities concerned of the government to expand the project of selling TCB goods to upazila levels so that the people can purchase the daily essential commodities at minimum rate. The High Court has granted our prayer," he said.
The lawyer also said the government has been asked to inform the high court by June 11 what steps have been taken to comply with its order.
Deputy Attorney General Samarendranath Biswas represented the state.