Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday termed hiking the bus fare as inhuman and alleged that the decision was taken to serve the interests of the owners.
Addressing a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the allegation against the backdrop of reopening the buses on Monday with 60 per cent fare hike.
‘Low-income people travel by bus. Their bus fare was hiked. Why? The hike was made for the interests of the owners. The owners are given incentives and grants. The whole thing was done for looting, totally looting. Everyone is seriously taking the opportunity of corruption,’ he said.
He alleged that the government had reopened the offices and public transports without taking the severity of COVID-19 pandemic into consideration and mentioned that the rails and launches moved with huge crowds on Monday.
Fakhrul said that controlling public transports was not possible this way and that people would try to get on them when offices are open. He alleged that the government was not listening to anything.
Fakhrul said that the government did not pay heed to their appointed technical advisory committee’s suggestion.
‘It is clear that the government failed to tackle the coronavirus situation,’ he said.
Referring to India’s decision of extending the lockdown for one more month, he said that the government by reopening offices, businesses and public transports had thrown the people in great danger as they had no responsibility to the people.
Fakhrul, referring to getting no approval of Gonoshasthaya Kendra developed COVID-19 test kit in almost three months, said that there were business and corruption involving the kit and questioned whether the government that gave such opportunities could be called a government free from corruption.
Mentioning the sorry state of the farmers, he demanded waiver of all types of agricultural loan’s instalment and interests for one year, allocation of subsidy for seeds, fertilizers, insecticides and irrigation.
He said that Jatiyatabadi Krishok Dal would submit a memorandum to deputy commissioners of all the districts on June 10 demanding rice procurement directly from the farmers.
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