BDR-run outlets shut: Many return home empty-handed | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 07, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 07, 2008

BDR-run outlets shut: Many return home empty-handed


Citing administrative reasons, the BDR authorities fix a notice to a bamboo pole of a fair price outlet on Dhanmondi ground, saying it would remain closed until June 9. The prices of rice would go up when the outlets reopen.Photo: STAR

Many people of low-income group yesterday returned home empty-handed after finding the BDR-run fair price outlets closed in the capital as the BDR authorities decided to keep them shut for four days from June 6.
There was no noticeable impact of the closure on the rice market on the first day yesterday as prices of most varieties remained almost unchanged.
Meanwhile, the prices of edible oil and baby milk powder shot up in the last week while the price of flour came down in the city's kitchen markets.
A large number of people who were unaware of the four-day closure of the BDR-run outlets thronged the fair price outlets to buy essentials. They returned home empty-handed after seeing the closure notice at the outlets.
Rafiq Uddin, a forth class employee of the Dhaka University, said he along with his two children comes to the Indira road BDR-run outlet every Friday to purchase rice.
“I did not know that the BDR would keep its outlets closed for four days. Here I saw a closure notice in front of the outlet,” he said.
Rafiq Uddin also said he is unaware of the price hike of essentials at the BDR outlets.
Meanwhile, the prices of non-brand super palm and palm oil rose by Tk 30 a maund in the wholesale market in the last three days while price of soya bean oil increased by Tk 10, said Moulvibazar oil market sources.
The price of super palm oil rose to Tk 3,700-3,710 from Tk 3670 per maund while the palm oil price leapt to Tk 3600-3610 from Tk 3570 per maund.
Palm oil was sold for Tk 98-1,00 per kg in retail market yesterday while the price of super palm oil was Tk 102-105 per kg. Soya bean oil was sold at Tk 110-112 per kg yesterday.
The price of a 1-kg container of Lactogen-1 powder milk increased to Tk 835.00 yesterday from Tk 800.00.
The prices of powder milk of other brands have also gone up, sources said.
Prices of 2-kg pack atta and flour came down by Tk 2. Each pack of atta was sold at Tk 78-82 while flour was sold for Tk 84-90 a pack in the retail market. It was sold at Tk 86-92 a week ago.

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