Nasim urges transport owners not to go for strike

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:37, Nov 19,2019


Awami League-led alliance spokesman Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday called on the road transport owners and workers to refrain from continuing transport strike, making people hostage.

People suffered throughout Monday and Tuesday as transport workers observed wildcat strikes in at least 11 districts in Khulna and Rajshahi regions as the government began mobile court operations under the Road Transport Act 2018.

The workers called the indefinite-period strikes protesting at the implementation of the new law with ‘harsher’ penalties especially with provisions of maximum five-year jail for any death or serious injuries caused by reckless or negligent driving and death penalty for intentional murder by driving.

After holding a meeting of the alliance at Awami League central office on Bangabandhu Avenue, at a press briefing Nasim, said that government had introduced new road transport law for reviving discipline in the road.

He called on all to obey the new law and also called on the transport owners and workers to sit with the authorities concerned withdrawing strike to remove the draw backs of the law.

‘We shall not support your strike if you continue it keeping the people captive,’ Mohammad Nasim said.

Referring the abnormal price hike of onion in the country Nasim, said that some identified hoarders were responsible for increase of onion price and some others syndicates were trying to increase price of rice again.

He called on the commerce, agriculture and food ministries to take measures to check rice price hike.

Chaired by Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-Jasad president Hasanul Haq Inu, AL central leaders Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Shahe Alam, Tarikat Federation chairman Nazibul Boshor Maizbhandari, Workers Party politburo member Anisur Rahman Mollick, Communist Kendra joint convener Asit Baran Roy and others attended the meeting.

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