Ruling Awami League on Monday urged the ministries concerned to ensure uninterrupted utility services, including power, gas and water, to ease public sufferings during the holy month of Ramadan.
The party that assumed office for second consecutive term through January 5 parliamentary polls also asked the authorities concerned to keep the prices of essential commodities stable.
“I talked to the authorities concerned to ensure uninterrupted power, gas and water supply during the month of Ramadan,” AL general secretary Obaidul Quader told reporters at a briefing at party president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, talked to the authorities concerned to keep the prices of essential commodities stable during the holy month.
The AL made the request to the government in a bid to reduce sufferings of people amid scorching summer.
It also asked the government to increase its vigil so that unscrupulous businessmen can not increase prices of essential commodities.
The fasting month of the Muslims is scheduled to begin on May 28.
To check price-spiral of essential commodities, state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) already started the Open Market Sale (OMS) of essential commodities across the country ahead of Ramadan.
A total of 185 trucks have been deployed to sell five essential commodities like chickpea, sugar, lentil, soybean oil and date at a subsidised rate.
Price of one litre of soybean oil has been fixed at Tk 85, while it is Tk 55 for one kg of sugar, Tk 80 for one kg of lentil, Tk 70 for one kg of chickpea and Tk 120 for one kg of date.
Under the programme, a consumer will be able to buy the highest four-kg of sugar, three-kg of lentil, five-litre of soybean oil, five-kg of chickpea and one kg of date at a time..