‘I can’t handle it’
After searching some markets of the capital and talking to traders, it is known that the prices of daily commodities are fluctuating regularly in the market. But the price is not going down to the previous level. For example, last year the farm’s brown eggs rose to 155 rupees per dozen. Now selling at a reduced price of 125 to 130 taka. But eggs are usually between 90 and 100 rupees per dozen.
Prices of rice, pulses, oil, sugar, beef, chicken, vegetables etc. have increased. Traders say that their truck fare, living expenses and other expenses have increased. Additional farmer production cost also. As a result, the price that was in 2021 will not come down.
On the contrary, people’s incomes are not increasing that way. According to the BBS, wage growth in the 12 months of 2022 was between 6 and 7 percent. It means that inflation has increased more than people’s income.
If you want to know, the private employee said. Iqbal Hossain told Prothom Alo that he earns about Tk 30,000 per month from fixed and overtime work. His salary did not increase at all in one year. Because the sales situation of his organization is not good. He said, ‘I moved to a low-rent house last September to reduce costs. Stop eating outside. I have also reduced the amount of market expenses of the house in various ways. I still can’t handle it.’
Iqbal also said, ‘I had to borrow four thousand rupees this month to pay for medical and children’s education. Earlier there was a loan of 20 thousand rupees. Couldn’t repay that either.’