Modernisation, reopening of jute mills demanded

Staff Correspondent | Published at 01:39am on March 09, 2021

Labour leaders on Monday called on the government to reopen state-owned jute mills immediately without leaving them under private management.

They made the call in a meeting organised by Pat-Suta O Bastrakal Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad at its Topkhana office in the capital.

The labour leaders expressed their dissatisfaction over the news that the prime minister had given consent over reopening of the closed jute mills under private management.

They demanded withdrawal of the government decisions to privatise the mills to protect the interests of growers.

They also demanded government steps to modernise the mills, to diversify their products and to ensure measures against plundering and corruption in the state-owned mills.

The organisation’s convener Shahidullah Chowdhury chaired the meeting.

He urged the countrymen to make their pre-scheduled sit-in programmes in Dhaka and jute and sugarcane factory areas on March 16 demanding reopening of closed jute mills and production at suspended sugar mills.

Labour leaders, Lutfor Rahman, Kamrul Ahsan, Kazi Ruhul Amin and Anwar Ali, among others, attended the meeting.

The government on July 2, 2020 closed all state-owned jute mills making over 50,000 workers jobless overnight.

On December 1, 2020, the government suspended the processing of sugarcanes at six sugar mills, out of 15, in the country’s southern and northern regions.