Rice prices will be tamed very soon: Ministers

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MNA Business Desk: Four ministers of the present government on Friday assured that the prices of rice will be tamed very soon as the government has taken various steps in this regard.

Answering questions from journalists about the hike in the rice prices at the Finance Minister’s post-budget press meet in the capital’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium, AMA Muhith, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu and Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal came up with the assurance.

They attributed the hike in the rice prices to the damage of corps in the haor regions by flash-flood.

The Industries Minister, however, found lack of patriotism and traders’ evil intention to make hefty profits taking advantage of any bad situation the main reason for ‘unnecessarily’ rise in the rice price.

On Thursday, Finance Minister AMA Muhith proposed the biggest-ever national budget of Tk 400,266 crore for fiscal year 2017-18.