Jute Mills Closure

Political parties continue to protest

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:29, Jul 06,2020 | Updated: 01:29, Jul 06,2020


Islamic Labour Movement forms a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday protesting against the closure of jute mills. — New Age photo  

Different political parties on Sunday continued protesting against the closure of 25 state-owned jute mills across the country.

The government on July 2 formally closed the 25 state-owned jute mills citing huge losses year after year as the main reason.

The closure of the jute mills under the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporations rendered over 50,000 workers jobless overnight during the coronavirus pandemic that already affected the income of many people in the country.

Jaiya Samajtantrik Dal, Jasod, a partner of Awami League-led alliance opposed the decision of shutting down state-owned jute mills and urged the government to refrain from implementing the plan.

The party president Hasanul Haq Inu and general secretary Shirin Akhter in a press statement urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina not to shut down the mills considering the fate of 50,000 workers of the mills.

Referring to the losses of the mills, they said that they could be minimised making the mills corruption-free.

The corruptions of the management of the mills were the prime reason for the loss, they said.

The closures of the state-owned jute mills would be suicidal for the jute sector of the country, they said.

Leaders of Islami Sramik Andolan formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club, where the president of the organisation, Muhammad Ashraf Ali Akand, urged the government to refrain from shutting down the mills to save the jute sector of the country.

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