TCB markets essentials from Sunday for Ramadan

In an effort to help ensure the smooth supply of essentials during Ramadan, the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will start selling edible oil, pulse, sugar and chickpea across the country from Sunday.“TCB products will be available from Sunday in open trucks,” TCB Chairman Brig Gen Sarwar Jahan Talukdar told UNB on Friday.
He said the TCB will also release selected essentials for its listed dealers across the country in three installments.
“It’s also part of our Ramadan plan. The first installment will be released on Monday while another in the middle of Ramadan,” the TCB chief said.
Meanwhile, the TCB will sell essentials through its sales centers in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Ranpur, Barisal and Sylhet from Sunday, TCB sources said.
The TCB has four sales centers in Dhaka and one in each division, and anyone from the sales centers can buy soybean oil at Tk 121 and Tk 105 per litre, palm oil at Tk 75 per litre, sugar at Tk 44 per kg, pulse at Tk 70 per kg, chickpea at Tk 60 per kg.
TCB sources said over 170 trucks will remain engaged in selling the TCB essentials across the country.
In Dhaka, there will be 25 trucks, 10 in Chittagong, five in each divisional city while two in each upazila.
Through each truck, some 1000 kg sugar, 200 kg pulse and chickpea, 200 litres of soybean will be sold each day.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce has decided to ban the export of green chilli, eggplant, cucumber and coriander-leaves to ensure the smooth supply of these essentials in the market during the holy month of Ramadan.
Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed said that they have decided to impose a restriction, and the order will come seven days ahead of Ramadan.
The restriction may continue for at least a month as the demand for these essentials goes up during Ramadan, Commerce Ministry sources said adding that the government imposes such restriction each year before Ramadan.
Earlier on Thursday, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Commerce Ministry recommended the ban for keeping the Ramadan market stable. (Source: UNB)

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