Specialised textile mill owners demand interest waiver

Staff Correspondent

The owners of specialised textile mills and power looms on Sunday demanded interest waiver of bank loans during the period of political turmoil citing that business of the sector almost halved due to nonstop blockade and frequent hartals enforced by the BNP-led alliance since January 5.
In a token hunger strike programme organised by the Bangladesh Specialised Textile Mills and Powerloom Industries Association at the National Press Club in the city business leaders said the ongoing blockade and hartals were anti-state and against the people.
‘The BNP-led 20-party alliance leader Khaleda Zia is chalking out illogical political programmes and at the same time demanding a logical solution,’ said Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, who was also present at the programme.
‘For the logical solution to the crisis, the BNP-led alliance will have to give up destructive programmes and untie the relationship with terrorist organisations,’ he said.
Akram urged the government and Bangladesh Bank to offer loan restructuring facilities for the specialised textile mills and power loom owners.
If the situation continues, production in all weaving centres across the country will be suspended and hundreds of workers will be jobless, said BSTMPIA president Azizul Haque.
‘The ongoing destructive programmes are nothing but attempts to destroy the economy of the country,’ he said.
The BSTMPIA also arranged recitation of Quran and prayer sessions in the programme for the salvation of departed souls of the people who died in arson attacks in the blockade and hartals.
FBCCI directors Md Harun-ur-Rashid and Md Shafiqul Islam Vorosha also spoke at the programme.

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