The jump in the prices of onion by Tk 70-80 per kg overnight can’t be the work of any responsible businesspeople, said Tapan Kanti Ghosh, senior secretary of the Ministry of Commerce on Sunday.
He was speaking as a special guest at a programme organized to celebrate ‘National VAT Day’ at Agargaon's NBR Building.
The invitation card had the name of Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal as the chief guest of the programme. But he was conspicuously absent. The chair of the chief remained empty during the entire event with organisers announcing the finance minister could not attend due to unavoidable reason..
Commerce secretary Ghosh described the onion price hike as irresponsible behaviour of a section of businesspeople.
Businessmen should understand that business is for the people of the country. We don’t want them to do business without profit. But how can a product that costs Tk 120 a kg a day before sells at Tk200 overnight,” he wondered.