Planning Minister MA Mannan today (September 6, 2022) said that prices of essentials have to be kept within the purchasing capacity of lower income groups.
He said this at ‘Development Dialogue' organized by the Development Journalists Forum of Bangladesh (DJFB) at the NEC conference hall in Dhaka.
The minister said due to Russia-Ukraine war, food and energy prices have shot up globally and the main challenge for the economy now is to maintain social stability.
The planning minister said, “I will be happy if dollar price does not cross Tk 100.”
Replying to a query, Mannan said, “Corruption is visible in society. Many efforts continue to reduce corruption in the government projects. Once the project is approved, the responsibility of implementation goes to the executive department. So I can’t do much even if I want to.”
However, corruption has reduced somewhat due to various initiatives of the government, the minister said.