April 15, 2021

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Loose lockdown misery, protests

to prevent the transmission of the corona virus has also come to a head. Even this ‘tough’ move by the government has not raised awareness among the people or created a need to comply with hygiene norms. Even today, the work-related people were suffering more in the traffic crisis, they were seen expressing their anger on the road. The financial crisis has exacerbated the crisis of low-income and working people. Even today, traders and workers have protested in different parts of the country, including the capital, demanding the opening of the market.

The government has decided to introduce morning-evening public transport in all city corporation areas including Dhaka considering the plight of people going to work. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the decision would be effective from Wednesday.

The government imposed strict restrictions on movement and crowds for seven days as coronary infections continued to rise. The system is not a lockdown, but people are calling it that. But due to this strictness, there was no harm in obeying the hygiene rules and awareness. People are earlier

 


It’s moving like that. The mask is still on the chin. Shoplifting is going on in the alleys. As a result, the second day of ‘Lockdown’ was also relaxed on Tuesday. Despite the closure of public transport, CNG-powered autorickshaws and rickshaws are in full swing in the capital along with private vehicles. The movement of people has also increased. Markets and shopping malls were closed, but alleys and area-based shops remained open as usual. Among them, the shopkeepers and buyers did not show any inclination to follow the hygiene rules. Despite the imposition of strict restrictions on traffic control, there has been no response from the people since the first day of the lockdown last Monday as all types of institutions including offices, courts, banks, garments and industries are in operation.

Meanwhile, the suffering of the workers has come to a standstill as the public transport has been stopped by keeping the office open. Speaking to office-goers after visiting different areas of the capital yesterday, it was learned that most of the offices did not arrange transportation for its staff. Public transport is also closed. As a result, I have to go to the office in an alternative way with extra money.

More private cars, CNG-powered autorickshaws and buses hired by various organizations were seen plying on the road in Malibagh, Shantinagar, Naya Paltan, Kakrail and Motijheel yesterday morning. Long lines of vehicles have been seen at traffic signals on some roads. Even though the markets are closed, there are many different types of shops including sweet shops, car garages, laundry, which are not supposed to be open in ‘lockdown’.

Hundreds of workers were waiting for cars at the Matuail Saddam Market bus stand in the capital at 10am. One of them said. Shafiqul Islam. Even after standing for a long time, he did not get a CNG-powered autorickshaw to go to the office. Shafiqul, a private employee, said all the victims of the lockdown were low-income people. We don’t have a private car, we don’t have enough money to travel. Arrangements were not made to travel from the office. Autorickshaws are not available even with more money. What a danger!

New Super Market store employee. Mizanur Rahman. His income is also off as the market is closed in lockdown. Mizan said, I get salary in day contract. 300 rupees if you work one day. If the shop is closed, my salary is also closed. Today I have not earned a single penny for two days. Last time I ran the family with a lot of loans in lockdown. I could not repay that loan. Now I am taking part in demonstrations in New Market area every day demanding the opening of shops. I don’t know what’s in my fortune.

Nazneen Ahmed, a senior researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), told our time that low-income people, including day laborers, would suffer the most in the lockdown situation. There should be no food crisis for the rich and middle class in this short time of lockdown. Even if they lose, you can make up for it in a few days. But people who work hard should not eat. So it is necessary to provide adequate food for these people. In this case, he suggested launching an area-based hotline as well as conducting a massive campaign.

Palash Mahmud, executive director of the Kansas Consumers Society (CCS), a consumer rights group, said the announcement of the lockdown was a cause for panic. Because in the past experience, there has been a crisis of confidence among the common people about the market in the crisis. However, as a conscious citizen, affluent people should have a conscience that the instability created in the market by excessive shopping is to the detriment of low-income people. Because, when the price goes up, the rich don’t care, but the poor don’t have to eat.

Workers were also seen sitting on the sidewalk in front of Shantinagar Bazar waiting for work yesterday. At around 12 noon, a worker named Rahim said he had come to Dhaka from Dinajpur last week in search of work. Can’t go home now due to lockdown. You are not getting any job in Dhaka.

The traders’ protest continued

Traders have been protesting in New Market and Mirpur areas of the capital for the third day in a row demanding the opening of the market. Traders and shop owners staged a protest in front of Chandni Chowk Shopping Complex from 10 am to 1 pm yesterday. The protesting traders demanded that the market be kept open at certain times of the day in compliance with the hygiene rules. Hundreds of traders are holding human chain near Mirpur-10 roundabout around 11 pm. They demanded that the shops should be opened for a short period of 6 to 8 hours.

New Super Market (South) Merchant

Shahidullah Shahid, president of the association, said why the market would be closed if the book fair could continue. Manzur Ahmed Manju, president of the Chandrima Super Market Shop Owners’ Association, said traders would continue protesting until their demands were met. Traders have invested huge amount of money on the occasion of Eid and Pohela Boishakh. Wholesale business is basically the time now.

Bangladesh Shop Owners Association President. Helal Uddin said, in the midst of such a delicate situation in Corona, street protests and blockades are not desirable for any of us. But traders have nothing to do. Traders are terrified of last year’s huge losses this year. We have appealed to the government to consider the market traders. Market traders will be protected from big losses if the shops and markets are open for a limited part of the day in compliance with the hygiene rules.

Besides, traders have protested in different districts of the country demanding the same. News sent by our time bureau, its own correspondents and representatives-

Gazipur: In the morning, Gazipur Metropolitan Business Association organized a human chain at Tongi Bazar. The leaders of the business association said that they have suffered due to the lockdown again as they were preparing to start their business by borrowing ahead of Eid.

Siddhirganj: Traders of various local markets staged demonstrations and human chains at Chashara in Narayanganj and Shimrail in Siddhirganj.

Bogra: Electric traders staged a procession and human chain at Satmatha Chattar in the city at 11am.

Barisal: Traders of Barisal city staged a protest procession from Chawkbazar to the deputy commissioner’s office at around 12 noon. Later, they demanded the deputy commissioner to keep the shop open.

Tangail: Traders of different markets staged a protest in front of the city’s cooperative supermarket in Tangail around 11:30 pm. Traders also protested at Mirzapur at the same time.

Sirajganj: In the morning, traders staged a human chain and protest procession on SS Road in the city on the initiative of the City Shop Owners Association.

Shailkupa (Jhenaidah): Hundreds of traders blocked the road with benches at the crossroads of Shailkupa Bazar. They also protested there.

Campaign to observe hygiene

The mobile court also conducted a raid in Dhaka yesterday to ensure compliance with the health rules. Dhaka District Administration Executive Magistrate Sheikh Mohammad. Mamunur Rashid conducted the operation at the intersection of Dhanmondi and Science Laboratory. Going to the corner of Science Lab around half past noon, it was seen that there were three cases in half an hour. The three were fined eight thousand rupees. Besides, Dhaka North City Corporation runs a mobile court in Gulshan.

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