Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi said that commodity market remained stable as prices of essentials have not increased. Price of almost every item except a few remained the same as before.
Panic buying is the main reason of price hike. The supply of all products is much higher this year. There is no fear of any shortage of products.
The minister made this remark responding to a question of journalists after reaching the Burimari land port check post in Lalmonirhat on Sunday after a five-day visit to India and Bhutan.
The commerce minister said that a traffic-in-transit agreement has been signed between Bangladesh and Bhutan. This agreement has been signed to transport import-export goods directly between the two countries through India. It will boost trade facilities between the two countries.
He also said, “We want direct transport to start. Sometimes there is trouble. That is why, the agreement with Bhutan has been made.”
The minister said, various items including stone and fruits are being imported and exported between Bhutan and Bangladesh. An agreement has been reached that these can be transported directly to Bangladesh without being checked on Indian roads.
Replying to another question whether Lalmonirhat airport will be used for Indo-Bhutan business or not, Tipu Munshi said, “They will not use Lalmonirhat airport. Because it is made for aircraft manufacture. Students will build airplanes there. So, they want to use Saidpur airport. There will be no problem in Bangladesh.”
Burimari Landport C&F Association president Saiduzzaman Saeed, Officer-in-Charge Mur Hasan Kabir, Patgram Police Station Inspector (Investigation) Mottalib Hosne Musa, Burimari BGB Camp Commander Ekramul Haque and others were present at that time.