Price of Daily Essentials: A Diagnostic Study of RecentT Trends

The Centre for Policy Dialogue
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Price hike of essential commodities has been one of the major challenges facing the
incumbent Caretaker Government (CTG) of Bangladesh. Figure 1.1 evince that the
economy has been experiencing a creeping inflation over the recent past. Two most
distinctive features of this inflationary trend had been the following: (i) increase in food
prices had been more than that of non-food prices, and (ii) consumer price index was
higher in the rural areas than in the urban counterparts. These trends had adverse
implications particularly for the poorest segments of the society, given that there has not
been any tangible increase in their real income