Letter To the Editor
Solve problems related to jute mills
Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC) is the largest corporation of the country which operate 22 jute mills. The corporation is facing loss for decade. Recently the institution has shown its inability to pay the wage to the employees and workers. As a result the labourers have called for countrywide strike. At the same time thousands of agitating jute mill workers blocked roads and railways in different part of the country. The workers allege BJMC because of its false promise which makes distrust among them. Hundreds of people were subjected to long tailbacks and had to walk miles under scorching heat which reflects mass suffering.
New salary scale has been implemented in almost all government offices and corporations. But some 60,000 workers of the 22 state-run jute mills are still waiting for the scale to be implemented while all officials and employees under the jute ministry, including the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, are drawing their salaries under the new scale.
Authorities should take steps to neutralise this discrimination, assuage the workers and reopen the mills.