Printed on Wed Aug 10 2022 5:11:02 PM

Women lack the access near TCB trucks

Staff Correspondent
National
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The recent price hike of essentials has dealt a critical blow to the poor and the middle-income people of the country – who are yet staggering from the Covid-actuated monetary stagnation.

Costs of practically all fundamental items have gone up, making it extremely challenging for the general people to meet their everyday necessities.

The taking off costs of essentials such as edible oil, rice, dal, onion, and vegetables, has forced many to rush to the open market sale (OMS) conducted by Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) trucks to purchase the items at lower costs

A person named Rabeya, alongside her nine-month-old child had to wait in a long queue for several hours to buy cooking essentials at subsidized prices from a TCB truck near the capital's Tally Office Road in Rayer Bazar.

She said, "Just a mother comprehends what she needs to persevere while holding up in this line,"

To exacerbate the situation for herself and the 200 others (a big part of them are women) – farcically sweating under the scorching heat of the sun – the TCB truck, regardless of arriving at the assigned area around 11 am, opened sales almost an hour later.

When asked about the delay, Mohammad Alamin, a TCB dealer supervising the concerned truck, said, "We have been told to begin sales after informing the local councilor. I have called ( (Councillor Iliasur Rahman) him multiple times.

He is yet to answer his phone. I will wait by an additional 10 minutes and then open sales."

Alamin, who had brought 1000kg of onions, 500 liters of edible oil, 500kg of dal, and 500kg of sugar, started selling the essential goods at around 11:50 am.

A person can buy a maximum of 2kg of sugar at Tk110, 2 liters of soybean oil at Tk220, 5kg onion at Tk150, 2kg of dal at Tk130.

The total package costs Tk610 and an individual has to purchase the whole package.

Seventy-year-old Osman, a cook by profession, after a significant delay, oversaw ready to purchase the essential goods.

He said, "I have fallen sick. So needed to quit any pretense of cooking. I ask to take care of my loved ones."

Notwithstanding, Farida Begum, who had been waiting in the queue for almost a couple of hours, got frustrated and chose to return home.

"The line is excessively lengthy. I won't be able to buy the package. This is why I am leaving," a disappointed Farida said.
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