In the long term, the civic groups called for a greater supply of affordable housing in unison.
Like much of the world, Bangladesh's economy is facing strong headwinds and turbulence.
Filipino billionaires lost a combined $7 billion over the last year as their fortunes were pummeled by the plunging value of the peso against the US dollar.
The government has set the goal of pulling down the prices of the 20 items, such as apples and pork, to approach the levels a year earlier, said the ministry.
According to data, crude palm oil exports in June reached 2.33 million tonnes, 3.4 times higher than the previous month, following the stopping of the export ban on May 23.
The economy expanded 1.5 per cent last year, among the slowest in Southeast Asia.
The core consumer price index, which excludes food and energy prices, gained 0.8 per cent year on year in July, lower than the 1 per cent increase in June.
Inflation in Indonesia reached 4.94 per cent in July, the highest annual increase in seven years, according to Statistics Indonesia.
An expert said the government could have avoided the unprecedented hike in the fuel prices by checking corruption, theft and mismanagement at the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation.
A price hike in fuel will cause a rise in the price of essentials, affecting the country's low-income group of people, he said.