Tipu Munshi further said that strict legal action will be taken against the culprits if illegal stockpiling is attempted to artificially create a shortage of any product.

Already, surveillance and monitoring have been strengthened in the market and the minister sought the media’s responsible role to maintain market monitoring.

“Protecting consumer rights will be easier if we work together. The government is trying hard to keep the prices of the country's essential commodities at a reasonable level,” Munshi said.

Tapan Kanti Ghosh, senior secretary of the commerce ministry, DG of DNCRP AHM Shafiquzzaman, and additional secretary (export) of Abdur Rahim, among others, were present at the press conference.

Tipu Munshi will be present as the chief guest in the event organised by the commerce ministry and DNCRP on the occasion of the celebration of "World Consumer Rights Day-2023" at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Wednesday.