Passenger, cargo services resume on waterways

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:52, Apr 17,2019

 
 

Passenger and cargo services on waterways resumed on Wednesday after the river route workers postponed for 45 days the work abstention they began early Tuesday.
Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation enforced the work abstention across the country for 11-point demands, including implementation of the wage board award 2016, Tk 10 lakh in compensations for death on duty, appointment letters for workers, and an end to corruption in recruitment exams, intimidation, extortion and robbery on waterways.
Since Wednesday morning launches started from Sadarghat launch terminal in Dhaka and Barisal river port.
Export and import activities through sea ports also became normal, reported New Age correspondents.
Federation leaders announced the postponement at 1:30am on Wednesday after a meeting with state minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian at the Department of Labour at Motijheel in Dhaka as she assured them of meeting their demands.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority joint director Md Alamgir Kabir, posted at Sadarghat terminal, said that launches started to leave the terminal since 6:00am on Wednesday.
Till 6:00pm on the day, 25 launches started for Barishal, Barguna and Hatiya from the terminal while 14 launches came at the terminal from different southern routes, he added.
The officer said that they estimated that more than 50 launches would start from the terminal by Wednesday evening.
New Age correspondent in Chattogram reported that water transport workers started their work on Wednesday at different ghats of Chattogram Port.
Bangladesh Lightearge Sramik Union Chattogram unit vice-president Nobi Alam said that workers were working in lighter ships at all the 16 ghats on the bank of the Karnaphuli River.
Chattogram Port Authority secretary Mohammad Omar Faruk said that the loading and unloading activities were normal at the port and outer anchorage.
New Age correspondent in Barishal reported that since Wednesday morning about 14 launches started from Barisal river port.
According to federation leaders, two lakh workers of more than 20,000 registered waterborne vessels were on protests for the 11-point demands, including identity cards and service books, an end to corruption in recruitment, distribution and renewal of certificates for masters and other workers and in inspection process, Tk 10 lakh in compensation for the family of any worker for death on duty, landing passes for workers of India-bound workers, food allowance, re-fixing technical allowances, sea allowances for workers at Chattogram, Mongla and Payra ports’ outer anchorage, ensuring social security and setting up lights and buoys to ensure safe and protected navigation.

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