Govt instructs tariff cut on essential food products
In a bid to keep prices affordable during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed authorities to reduce tariffs on four key food items: rice, edible oil, sugar, and dates. The directive came during today’s cabinet meeting at the PM’s office in Tejgaon, Dhaka.
Following the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain briefed the media on the decisions taken. He confirmed the Prime Minister’s direction to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to lower tariffs on these four essential products. While the specific amount of tariff reduction remains undefined, the onus now falls on the NBR to determine the extent of the decrease.
This move signals the government’s commitment to keeping food prices under control during Ramadan, a period of heightened demand and potential market fluctuations. By lowering tariffs, the government aims to ease the financial burden on consumers and ensure adequate supply of these essential items throughout the holy month.
The impact of this tariff reduction remains to be seen, but it has been met with cautious optimism by consumer groups and market analysts. The specific details of the NBR’s implementation plan and the subsequent price changes in the market will be closely monitored in the coming weeks.
This proactive measure by the Prime Minister underlines the government’s priority of ensuring food security and affordability for its citizens, particularly during significant religious periods like Ramadan. The success of this initiative will depend on a coordinated effort by the NBR, relevant ministries, and market players to effectively implement the tariff reduction and translate it into tangible benefits for consumers.