Extortion adds to sufferings of consumers 

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 06 Aug 2017, 20:21:09
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Extortion adds to sufferings of consumers 

MALPRACTICE by traders and extortion by musclemen have already caused prices of essentials to register a rise on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha. It is the same story all over again every year. Although the traders and consumers are apparently the victims of extortion, ultimately the consumers are the only sufferers. The hawkers cannot run their businesses without paying extortion money and ultimately they recover the money from the consumers through raised prices of consumables. There are reports that local leaders and administration have their shares in the extortion money. We see images of extortion published in newspapers and broadcast in the electronic media, but as both local administration and law enforcers are reportedly involved they are reluctant to take any action against the offenders. 

The silent and pervasive extortion must stop for the sake of normal life in the country. It is indeed painful that a vegetable which is sold by a farmer at Tk 5.0 a kilogram is seen being sold in Dhaka's markets at Tk 50 as the vegetable traders have to pay extortion money at different stages before sending their vegetables to the markets of Dhaka. I hope the government this time will take stern action against the said extortionist so that the common people are relieved of undesirable price hike particularly during the festivals of Eid. 

Sakibul Alam

Gopibagh,  Dhaka
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