Monitoring teams formed to contain rice prices


The government has formed seven special monitoring committees to control prices of rice in the market. The monitoring committees — four under the food ministry and three under the food directorate — have been formed to check price hike of food grains, assist low income groups, keep market price stable and ensure fair price of food grains to farmers, said a press release of the food ministry today.

The food ministry took the initiative in a bid to check the rising prices of the staple food in the market through illegal means, said a press release of the food ministry sent to media on Wednesday. Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder today gave necessary directives to the officers concerned of the ministry in this regard, said the release.

The committees will inspect the wholesale markets under Dhaka metropolitan area to monitor prices of rice and flour and submit reports in this regard. The food minister also ordered to take stern legal actions if anybody tries to make rice market unstable.

Joint Secretary Kamar Jahan will lead monitoring committee-1 under food ministry, Deputy Secretary Raina Ahmed will head the committee-2, Deputy Secretary Md Shamim Hasan will lead Commiittee-3 while Assistant Secretary Most. Tahmina Khanam the committee-4.

The monitoring committee-1 under Directorate General of Food was formed headed by Additional Director Reza Mohammad Mohsin, Committee-2 headed by Senior Instructor Nakib Sad Saiful Islam and Committee-3 headed by Additional Director Md Amjad Hossain.

Earlier on December 1, 2019, the government opened a control room and special monitoring team which are still functioning to keep price of rice at tolerant level. Anyone can make complaints about market situation by dialing 02-9540027 and 01642967727, said the press release.