The High Court has asked the government to expand TCB operation selling rice at Tk10 per kilogram and other essentials at low price to upazila levels so that poor people can reach these.
Prime Minister’s press secretary, Commerce secretary and Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB)’s chairman will have to comply with the order.A virtual bench of the High Court comprising Justice JBM Hassan passed the order on Wednesday following a writ petition filed by rights organisation Law and Life Foundation.
The government will have to submit a report to the court on June 11 describing the steps taken to sell the consumer products at upazila level.
As essentials items are being sold to people in the city corporation and municipality areas at low price, people at the upazila level should get the facility, said Law and Life Foundation president and counsel Barrister Humayun Kabir Pallob.
Deputy Attorney General Samarendranath Biswas appeared for the state while Barrister Tapos Kanti Bol for Commerce Ministry.
Corona has taken a heavy toll on socioeconomic sector in Bangladesh. A section of insolvent people are largely dependent upon relief and financial help.
The government and corporate bodies are providing the poor and destitute with food aids and relief.The government has already intensified TCB operation selling rice, oil and other essentials in the capital and other places amid people’s economic austerity caused by corona outbreak.
The High Court order is expected to give new impetus to the TCB activities.