The State run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) has a plan to start nationwide edible oil selling at subsidized rate from June.
"We have a plan to start selling of edible oil at subsidized rate across the country from June next," said TCB Chairman Brigadier General Mohammad Ariful Hasan.
He said the programme will tentatively start from the middle of June and it will continue till before the Eid-ul Azha.
Around one crore families throughout the country including around 13 lakh from the capital are now being enlisted to get the facilities.
Along with the oil, the recognized lower income families also will get pulse and sugar at subsidized rate, but the fresh price of the essential commodities is yet to be fixed by the government.
Ariful hoped that some five crore people would be benefitted once such products are provided to around one crore families.
He informed that a list has already been prepared for one crore families to offer such facilities.
"About 30 lakh families have been chosen from the list of 50 lakh families prepared earlier to provide support in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic under the directives from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The list of the rest 70 lakh families have been prepared by the concerned district, upazila administrations and the city corporations," the TCB chairman added.
After the Ramadan, the TCB had taken a pause in running its regular selling programme until completing the listing process of the real beneficiaries across the country.
The TCB chief, however, specified that the edible oil import process is now underway by the TCB from abroad, adding that "We have started negotiation with different companies abroad to import edible oil under government-to-government arrangement."
Apart from this, "we have brought quantity of edible oil from South Africa under bidding tender and it will reach soon the country," the TCB chief added.
The TCB, however, could not confirmed the unit price of the edible oil which would be sold from the next month, but a commerce ministry official hinted that the selling price of per litre edible oil likely would be Taka 110.
The government has taken a plan to import edible oil directly through the TCB. To this end, Bangladesh missions abroad have already been contacted for procuring edible oil through the state-run corporation, confirmed by a commerce ministry official.
The government is trying to ensure supply of the edible oil at lower price since the whole world witnessed a price hike of crude edible oil recently.
Earlier, Bangladesh Vegetable Oil Refiners and Vanaspati Manufacturers Association increased the price of bottled soyabean oil by Taka 38 a litre to Taka 198 per litre on May 5.
It also fixed the price of loose or unpackaged soyabean oil at Taka 180 per litre with a hike of Taka 44 per litre.