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Writ filed over fall in rawhide prices

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Writ filed over fall in rawhide prices

A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court (HC), seeking its directives to form a judicial inquiry committee to find out the reasons behind the unprecedented and drastic fall in rawhide prices across the country.

 The petition also sought the HC's directive to repeal the licence or take punitive action against the persons, business institutions, association or any other responsible for the drastic dip in the prices.

 Barrister Mohiuddin Md Hanif, a Supreme Court (SC) lawyer, moved the HC after filing the petition yesterday. But two HC benches—the bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader and the bench of Justices Sheikh Hassan Arif and Md Badruzzaman—expressed unwillingness to hear the petition.

 The petitioner said he would mention the petition in another court today (Monday).

 In the petition, the lawyer asked the court to issue a rule upon the respondents to show cause as to why inaction and failure of the respondents to prevent unprecedented and drastic in fall of rawhide prices across the country should not be declared illegal.

He also asked the court why a direction should not be given to form a judicial inquiry committee to find out the reasons behind the price fall. He further asked why the respondents should not be directed to cancel the licence or take punitive actions against the persons, business institutions, associations or any other who is/are liable for this drastic fall in the prices.

The secretaries of commerce and industries, the chairman of the Bangladesh Tanners Association and the president of the Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association have been made respondents in the writ petition.

 The lawyer said in the petition: “Leather and leather-products are the second largest export items of Bangladesh. Ss much as 50 per cent of the demand of raw materials for making leather and leather goods are collected during the qurbani season. But this year, targets have not been fulfilled. Seasonal and small traders, along with madrasah, lillah boarding and orphanages, suffered hugely due to the unprecedented and drastic low prices of rawhides  as the respondents have failed to ensure fair prices or even the price fixed by the government.”

 “Earlier, jute was the country’s number one export item. But owing to lack of proper supervision, that sector has been almost ruined. Now, the leather industry, the country’s second largest export-earning industry and which meets a significant portion of the global demand, cannot be left in a chaotic situation,” it stated.

 “Taking advantage of the unstable situation of the market, unscrupulous hide traders, with the assistance of some brokers, might smuggle out rawhides to neighbouring countries. A specific guideline regarding the collection  of rawhides from seasonal, small traders and sellers must be formed in a more effective, fair and transparent way to  render proper benefits to rawhides traders,” the petition added.  

 

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