DCCI urges for strong monitoring on health safety issues in the Qurbani cattle market

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) arranged a webinar on “current law and order situation in the country and health safety issues in the Qurbani haat during upcoming Eid-ul Adha” on 19 July, 2020. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, MP joined the webinar as the chief guest. DCCI President Shams Mahmud moderated the meeting.

DCCI President Shams Mahmud said we are going through a tough time because of Covid-19 pandemic. During this challenging moment, maintaining wheel of life keeping health safe is one of the hardest tasks of the time. We are in such a crisis that if we imbed cattle markets in the country, it may spread Covid-19 and if we do not allow cattle market, it may cause a huge loss to the animal farmers. So we need to balance this situation. In that case, ‘Digital Haat’ or digital cattle market would be a better option, he said. But in the case of limited cattle market, the organizers should be more cautious about health safety issues. Thanking the law enforcement agencies, Shams Mahmud said that they did a great humanitarian job especially in the lock-down situation. Over and above, law enforcing agencies need to be more active to maintain law and order situation under control during Eid time.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, MP said that maintaining law and order is always a challenging task. Government is always committed to control law and order situation in a strong hand. Our police department is hard working. They have discharged their duties continuously during the lock down time. This year the challenge is new to us but we are ready to strongly monitor the cattle market but awareness among mass people will be much effective.

Dr. Zia Rahman, Professor and Founding Chairman, Criminology Department, University presented the keynote paper. He highlighted that in the wake of globalization, the economy of Bangladesh is hit hard. We cannot avoid health risks in the upcoming Qurbani cattle market, but we might be able to minimize the risks as best as we can through abiding by health safety measures. In his regard, law enforcement agencies should stand strong against all health related irregularities. He also said that online market platform needs to be explored for safe celebration of Eid-ul Adha. We need therefore a long-term planning. For a safe Eid-ul Adha celebration, government should give clear guidelines for the farmers, transporters and buyers.

Md. Shaheen Ahamed, Chairman, Bangladesh Tanners Association said that last year the market of leather, raw hide and sacrificial animals was of about 40 thousand crore taka. But this year, due to Covid 19 pandemic the market transaction volume might come down. Despite it is hard to maintain health safety in the cattle market but we have no other alternative but to be aware. He also suggested to impose penalty if anyone does not wear mask.

Md. Helal Uddin, former Vice President, FBCCI and President, Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity suggested all to take several masks with them while buying animals from the cattle market. He thanked the government that prices of essential commodities were in control during locked down time. Small traders were badly hit in this crisis time, so we have to facilitate them to sustain.

Shomi Kaiser, President, e-CAB & Director, FBCCI said e-commerce business has been emerged a lot in Bangladesh during the lock-down situation. Before Covid-19 outbreak, 22% people under internet penetration bought goods using e-commerce which has been doubled during pandemic time. The growth momentum of e-commerce business has got its pace in the last 4 to 5 years. She also admitted that there may have some fraudulency by a few unethical e-commerce business houses but stern action should be taken against them with the help of Ministry of Commerce and Competition Council. But for a very few fraudulent the total sector should not be blamed.

Mohammad Bashiruddin, Vice President DCCI gave vote of thanks.

In the open discussion session, Director and former Senior Vice President Waqar Ahmad Choudhury, Directors Engr. Md. Al Amin, Md. Shahid Hossain, Enamul Haque Patwary, Deen Mohammed, Monowar Hossain, former Senior Vice Presidents Alhaj Abdus Salam, former Vice Presidents M Abu Horairah, Md. Alauddin Malik, Kh. Shahidul Islam, Md. Riyadh Hossain, former Directors Khair M Khan, Syed Habibur Rahman, Nazir Hossain, Data Magfur, Convenor, Barrister Siam Al Deen Malik also spoke on the occasion.

Published on: 2020-07-19

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