The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday conducted a drive at Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) following an allegation of irregularities in the process of approval regarding the production and marketing of the edible oil across the country.
A team of the anti-graft body went to the state-run BSTI office in Tejgaon area of the capital and found that a total of 62 companies are marketing the edible oil at the markets in the country. Of them, 48 companies have legal licenses while process of giving licenses to three companies is underway.Earlier, the BSTI had suspended production and marketing of 12 companies due to various reasons. They are Jonaki, Shapla, Makka, Titanic, Rani, Today, Dolphin, Nil, Mojil, Sunrise, Pius, Tripti, Roni, Shakti plus and Golden.
Though the BSTI authorities suspended the licenses of the 12 companies, they did not take any initiative to withdraw or seize the edible oil produced by these companies, said ACC officials.
ACC Director General (admin) Muhammad Munir Chowdhury said, “Suspension of license is not enough. Strict surveillance against illegal marketing of edible oil is necessary.”
“Mobile court will be conducted soon with the help of ACC against illegal production and marketing of the edible oil,” he added.