An organization called Consumer Rights Movement has organized human chain and protest against the increase in the price of various gases including oxygen during the Corona. The organization has demanded immediate withdrawal of the price hike by the Gas Producers and Importers Association of Bangladesh.
The human chain was held in front of the National Press Club on Thursday.
Speakers at the human chain said that the Gas Producers and Importers Association of Bangladesh on August 13 issued a notice to retailers to increase the price of oxygen from Tk 18 to Tk 20 per cubic meter from August 18 to Rs 26, which is unreasonable and inhumane. The price of carbon monoxide is set at Rs 25 to Rs 30 per kg. The price of argon gas has been increased from Rs 130 to Rs 200. The price of acetylene gas was increased from Rs 450 to Rs 500. At present, 480 small and large retailers, including more than one lakh corona patients and general consumers, and more than one lakh factory owners and more than one lakh workers are being held hostage by the Gas Producers and Importers Association of Bangladesh.
The speakers said that in this global epidemic, people all over the world are in danger for their lives and livelihoods. The government of each country is trying its best to normalize the situation by promoting various plans for the livelihood and survival of its citizens. What will the appropriate authorities, including the Minister of Commerce and Industry, answer to the general public? The movement for the protection of consumer rights demanded that this decision to increase prices in the national interest should be withdrawn after due consideration.
Barrister Zakir Ahmed and many others spoke on the occasion under the chairmanship of Muhammad Ata Ullah Khan, President of Consumer Rights Protection Movement.