Alongside dedicated government agencies’ greater oversight, creating more awareness among people can improve consumer rights situation in the country, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi observed on Sunday.
“All dealing with consumer rights should be more active and remain alert to aware consumers about their rights as demand for products and living cost have increased in the country,” Tipu Munshi called up the consumer rights campaigners.The minister said the government has given highest priority to ensuring consumer rights, but at the same time awareness among people should be built as well.
He was speaking at the virtual inaugural function of Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) district-upazila consumer representative conference 2021.
Highlighting government initiatives for ensuring the rights, Tipu Munshi said market oversight has been stepped up while trying to ensure market competition and as well as food safety through setting up dedicated institutions enacting law.
Besides, the government has taken initiative to cut duty on import dependent goods in a bid to keep commodity prices stable amid the corona pandemic. All types of steps have been taken to ensure supply, enough stock and fair price for commodities, the commerce minister claimed.
At the same time, he said, the “business-friendly” government has stood beside businessmen with announcing stimulus packages during the corona pandemic.
The government also picked up programme for giving direct cash support to 5 million families under social safety net to lower sufferings of consumers.State-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) has increased its commodity sale at fair price campaign manifolds, while Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission is working to control commodity prices.
All the efforts have helped keep stock, supply and price of commodities stable, the commerce minister also claimed.
Associate Prof of Daffodil University Syed Mizanur Rahman, CAB president Ghulam Rahman and Bangladesh Completion Commission Chairman Md Mofizul Islam, Directorate of National Consumers' Right Protection Director General Bablu Kumar Saha, among others, also addressed the event.