Amid abnormal price hike of daily essentials especially vegetables, Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque today in parliament admitted that extortion is going on from Dhaka-bound vegetable carrying vehicles at different points.
The government is trying wholeheartedly to control it, the minister said while replying to a supplementary question of ruling Awami League MP elected from reserved seats for women in parliament -- Adiba Anjum Mita.
In her supplementary question, the lawmaker wanted to know whether the ministry takes any measures against rampant extortion from Dhaka-bound vegetables carrying vehicles at different spots.
She also said the prices of vegetables shoot up when those reached in the capital’s kitchen market due to extortion.
Abdur Razaque, who was speaking in favour of Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi in his absence, said the commerce ministry is monitoring the extortion issue through coordination with law enforcement agencies.
He also said different transport organisations have been collecting money.
“I am not contradicting with the matter that extortion is taking place from vegetables carrying vehicles at different points. It’s true that extortion is taking place at different points. We are taking all-out efforts to control it,” said Abdur Razzaque.
In reply to another query, the minister said the government has taken various measures to keep the price of essentials stable during the upcoming months of Ramadan.
In reply to a supplementary question, the minister informed the House that the government is trying to export food including rice and potatoes abroad as the country witnessed record rice and vegetable production.