Bangladesh Nationalist Party will launch countrywide demonstrations in demand of fair and reasonable price of paddy for the farmers.
The party will submit memorandums to the deputy commissioners of all districts on Tuesday and form human chains at all markets across the country on Thursday to press its demands for the
paddy price and the unpaid wages of jute mill workers.
BNP will also put forward a demand for immediate formation of a wage commission for the jute mill workers, said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka on Sunday.
He said that instructions had already passed to the activists of the party and its different front organisations for executing the plans.
‘We have organised the programme as the government is not doing anything for ensuring fair price of paddy through intervention and paying due salaries of the jute mill workers,’ Rizvi said.
‘The government is not intervening in these issues as it wants to give undue advantages to the millers, cadres of the ruling party and its fronts, and the corrupt officials,’ he added.
The government, which was formed through ‘midnight conspiracy’, did not bother about the
suffering of the people, he said.
‘As a result,’ he said, ‘The government is not doing anything for the marginalised farmers and workers when it is giving waivers of loans of big businessmen and doing extortion through mega projects.’
Earlier, BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan in a written statement presented the sorry state of higher education in the country.
‘None of the Bangladeshi universities got position on the list of 417 top universities of Asia ranked by the London-based Times Higher Education,’ Moyeen Khan said.
‘But, 72 universities from China, 49 from India, nine from Pakistan and even one each from Nepal and Sri Lanka
secured position on the list,’ he said.
‘Once we felt proud of Dhaka University as the Oxford of the East, but now we lament seeing its fall,’ he said.
It has happened for not upgrading the syllabus, not appointing the teachers on the basis of merits, not ensuring regular and attentive classes by the teachers, not developing the library with the demand of the time and not patronising original researches, he said.
‘Teachers were appointed on political consideration and these teachers are not capable of conducting classes. They even do not do any research work. Students, with due respect, without studying much are getting huge scores,’ he said.
‘If the situation goes like this the nation will ultimately be the sufferer,’ Moyeen added.
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