Farm labourers in the country are facing a famine like situation as there is not enough efforts from the government to help them survive through the aftermath of heavy rains and untimely floods, said the leaders of Bangladesh Khetmajur Union on Monday.
There are not enough jobs for many of the labourers, and the small farmers lost their crops in natural disasters, observed the farm labourers’ organisation.
While they have not got enough money to buy food, a steady rise in the prices of foods is deteriorating the situation, it warned.
‘The food prices have gone up so high that it is not possible for the farm labourers to buy food from market,’ said the union’s executive president Mustafa Lutfullah.
‘They are facing a famine like situation as they are struggling to manage a meal a day,’ Lutfullah, also a member of parliament, told a press conference in the capital.
The union’s general secretary Zakir Hossain Raju read out a written statement laying out an eight-point demand to the government to help the farmers and farm labourers out of the situation.
The demands include supplying 40 kilograms of rice at Tk 10 to the affected farm labourers every month, assisting them in reconstructing their homes, strengthening the social safety net programme that provides the poor with a 100-day employment and freeing the vulnerable group feeding and vulnerable group development programmes of corruption.
The left organisation also demanded that the price of rice being sold through Open Market Sale shops be reduced to Tk 15 from Tk 30 and to ensure that the indebted farm labourers would not have to repay their loan instalments for at least the next six months.
The union president Bimal Biswas and parliament member Yasin Ali also attended the conference.
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