Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the business community not to raise the prices of essentials, including sugar and edible oil, during the upcoming Ramadan, report agencies.
She made the call at a function arranged marking the inauguration and laying the foundation stones of 65 different development activities of economic zones through videoconferencing from Ganobhaban in the city on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister inaugurated 11 economic zones (prepared for setting up industries) and the commercial manufacturing of 16 industrial units, and laid the foundation stones of 13 economic zones, 20 industrial units and five ongoing development projects being implemented by Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA).
"I would like to request you so that there's no crisis of sugar and edible oil in the upcoming Ramadan. It's my request to you all," she said while exchanging views with chairman of Meghna Group of Industries Mostafa Kamal. He is also the owner of Meghna Industrial Economic Zone, Sonargaon.
The Prime Minister also made the same request while exchanging views with the owner of Abdul Monem Economic Zone, Munshiganj.
PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman was present at the function arranged by BEZA.
Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) of Prime Minister's Office Md Abul Kalam Azad conducted the event while BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech.
An audio-visual presentation was made on the occasion over the activities of economic zones.
Earlier in her introductory speech, the Prime Minister stressed the need for protecting the arable land not setting up industries haphazardly.
The premier asked the businessmen not to damage arable land while setting up industries.
In this context, she said the government will fix the places for setting up mill and factories to save the crop land as the country is mainly driven by agriculture and opined that there is no alternative of going for industrialisation for overall development.
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