LDA wants steps to reopen jute mills

Moloy Saha | Published: 01:45, Jul 14,2020


Left Democratic Alliance leaders and activists begin a march towards Latif Bawany Jute Mills at Demra in Dhaka from in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

Leaders of Left Democratic Alliance on Monday called on the government not to privatise 25 stateowned jute mills that were closed on July 1.

They also asked the government for steps to reopen the mills, modernise machines and appoint efficient administrations to make those profit-making.

The leaders gave the calls at the beginning and end rallies of a road march from the National Press Club to Demra in Dhaka in protest against the closure of state-owned jute mills on July 2.

The decision rendered about 50,000 workers jobless.

The closing rally was held in front of Latif Bawany Jute Mills at Demra and the

Veteran labour leader and Trade Union Centre president Shahidullah Chowdhury called on the government to refrain from handing over the jute mills to private sector under public-private partnership system.

He asked the government to install modern machines and increase productions and making the mills highly profitable. 

He also called on workers to unite and wage massive movement to compel the government to refrain from handing over the mills to private sector.

Bazlur Rashid Firoz, the coordinator of LDA, a combine of eight left-wing political parties, also opposed any possible move to privatise the mills.

The LDA will form a human chain from Ganabhaban to Bangabhaban in Dhaka on July 14 protesting the move, Bazlur said.

Chaired by Bazlur Rashid Firoz, Communist Party of Bangladesh presidium member Abdullah Kafee Ratan,   Revolutionary Workers Party general secretary Saiful Huq, Socialist Party of Bangladesh central leader Manas Nandi, United Communist League central leader Nazrul Islam, Ganosamhati Andolan central leader Bacchu Bhuiya, Samajtatnrik Andolan convener Hamidul Haque and Democratic Revolutionary Party central leader Shahidul Islam Sabuj spoke at the rally.

LDA activists marched through Dhaka-Chattogram Road on a bus and also held rallies at Gulistan and in the front of Karim Jute Mills.

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