PV Desk : President M Abdul Hamid today urged the public representatives and graduates to motivate the dishonest traders, hoarders and profiteers who are becoming rich overnight by “sucking people’s blood”.

“Motivation of dishonest traders, hoarders and profiteers is a must. . . You will have to do it (motivational campaign) along with your assigned duty” he told the fourth convocation of Chattogram University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) on its campus at Rangunia of Raozan Upazila here.

He expressed concern that a section of people has the tendency for hiking the prices of the essentials, including rice and onion, by creating fake crisis or spreading rumours and mixing chemicals with foodstuff.

“It’s a strange country…,” the President said, adding, “farmers are harvesting paddy in one hand while the prices of rice are on the rise in the other hand. This is really saddening.”

The head of the state advised the concerned people to shun their evil deeds.

Speaking at the colourful function in the presence of several thousand jubilant students, the President suggested the graduates acquiring world-standard knowledge and expertise to keep pace with modern world.

He said engineers must have farsightedness and creativity in formulation of development plans for the country.