Labourers wait for selling labour at four Char Fasson points
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, Sept 11: The labour-trading haats sit in four points of Char Fasson Upazila in the district.
The points are: TB School Gate at Char Fasson Sadar, Tahshil Office ground at Letra Bazaar, union parishad (UP) ground at Anjur Haat, and Dular Haat near the UP.
Due to labourer shortage in agriculture and domestic works, the labour of these workers is bought and sold. Not only the local workers, but workers from different areas of the district including Monpura and Lalmohan upazilas come to this place to buy labour. If any worker cannot sell his labour, he has to remain unemployed that day, and it affects his family.
During cultivation and harvesting season of Aman and IRRI paddies, the daily wage of the workers is between Tk 400 and Tk 500. Now it is the full season for planting Aman. This week the daily wage in the haat-bazaars of Char Fasson is Tk 300 to Tk 400.
Some people- Lokman Hossain, Abdur Rahim, Mannan, Rafizal, Mafu Alam of Samraj Village in the upazila, Riyad, a student of class 7 of Majidia Dakhil Madrasa, Azizul, a student of South Madras Village come to the empty place in front of Sadar TB School Gate of Char Fasson Municipality Sadar on Saturday and Tuesday afternoon.
Basically, they all come for being sold. The purpose is to earn money by working in any household for three to four days, just as slaves were bought and sold in the haats and bazaars during the past period of slave trade. People who need servants for household works also come to the haats to hire people for work.
Every day in the afternoon, people become active in the crowd of buyers and sales of workers in Char Fasson TB School Gate. The place has become known as a human haat. Permanent and temporary shops have been built in the haat.
Riyadh and Ismail, who came here for being sold, said their parents cannot pay their educational costs, so they sometimes come here to be hired as labourers.
Mafu Alam said, "When I come here, there is a guarantee of a day's work. Poor, needy people in the area can come to this haat and work for a day. So the people's haats have become a means of employment for them."