Hilsa Ban Period
Fishermen demand Tk 8,000 a month
Published : Friday, 12 October, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 720
As many as 24 organisations of fishermen demanded compensation of Tk8,000 a month for each family during the hilsa ban period.
They also urged the government to recognise their contribution to the country's economy
The demand was made from a press conference organized jointly by 24 organizations under the banner of Bangladesh Fish Workers' Alliance at the National Press Club.
Sanat Kumar Bhowmik of COAST Trust moderated the event while Md Mujibul Haque Munir of the same organization presented the keynote paper.
Among others, Rashida Begum of Coastal Fishers Association, Mizanur Rahman Bahadur of Cox's Bazar Fishing Boat Fish workers' Union, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Farmer Federation and Mustafa Kamal Akanda of Coastal CSO Alliance also spoke at the press conference.
Md Mujibul Haque Munir said, about half a million people are directly involved in hilsa fishing while 2-2.5 million more are indirectly involved in this sector.
Hilsa contributes 12 percent to the total annual fish catch of Bangladesh and the annual production is about Tk. 8.12 billion.
He also noted that on an average, one fisherman catches hilsa equivalent to Tk. 0.16 million but a fisherman receives only 4.5 kg of rice a month as ration during hilsa fishing ban period.
Referring to the ID cards given by the government to the fishermen, Sanat Kumar Bhowmik said, the government had given ID cards to fishermen but 40 per cent of those cards were given to those who were not fishermen.
Mustafa Kamal Akanda, an official of COAST Trust said at upazila level there is a fisheries department and very easily it can identify fishermen and solve their financial crisis.
He also added that fish sector is contributing 3.57 per cent to the national GDP.