Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of the central Awami League, said religion should be protected from those who create anarchy in the name of religion. Hefazat is vandalizing on the pretext of religion. None of them will be spared. Those who have been attacked should file a case. Strict action will be taken against everyone who attacks. No one will be exempted. The injury has come, we will retaliate. Such violence and anarchy of Hefazat-e-Islam cannot be accepted. He called upon the Awami League leaders and workers to remain united.
He said this while inspecting the damaged premises of Upazila Awami League office and activists’ houses in Sonargaon of Narayanganj on Wednesday afternoon.
He first visited the Upazila Awami League office at Mograpara crossroads in Sonargaon on Wednesday afternoon. Later, he visited the market and Juba League leader Rafiqul Islam Nannu’s house.
Awami League Joint General Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Central Awami League Liberation War Affairs Secretary and Munshiganj 3 constituency MP Advocate Mrinal Kanti Das, Central Awami League Office Secretary Dilip Barua, Dhaka Divisional Awami League Organizing Secretary Mirza Azam were also present in the delegation. , Narayanganj 4 constituency MP AKM Shamim Osman, Narayanganj 2 constituency MP Nazrul Islam Babu, former MP and Upazila Awami League joint convener Kaiser Hasnat.
Among others present were convener Advocate Samsul Islam Bhuiyan, Engineer Masudur Rahman Masum, Gazi Mujibur Rahman, Mostafizur Rahman Masum, former acting general secretary Mahfuzur Rahman Kalam and others.
It was called ‘Lockdown’. After that there was no big problem in the industrial and commercial sector due to huge government subsidy. This time again, the government will not have the capacity to subsidize the loss of the general holiday.
An official said last time the government had a lot of rice in stock. The distribution of relief with the start of the general holiday was a great relief. This time the government does not have the necessary rice. On the occasion of Ramadan, money is being given instead of rice for VGF activities. So how will the poor people go on lockdown now? The government has to think big.
A high-level virtual meeting was held yesterday afternoon under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam. At the end of the meeting, it was decided to send a proposal for a ‘strict ban’ to the Prime Minister.
An official present at the meeting told Kaler Kanth on condition of anonymity that almost everything will be the same as last year. However, it will not be a general holiday.
Another official who attended the meeting said a strict ban would be in place for a week from Monday if the prime minister agrees. This may be the decision for now.
What could be the ban: Among the issues that are being given importance in the proposal given to the Prime Minister are inter-district traffic will be strictly controlled. Arrangements will be made by the district administration to set up checkposts on the way in or out of the district. 50 percent of the seats will have to be left vacant. No one will be able to leave the house from 8 am to 6 pm unless necessary. However, people in other professions related to emergency work including daily necessities, medicines, burial of the dead, security guards will be able to abide by the hygiene rules.
It has been said that minimum attendance and hygiene rules should be followed in all sub-rooms including mosques and temples. It has been proposed to have five people in each prayer and 10 people in the Friday prayers. There are instructions to choose open space for selling and buying daily necessities. There will be no obstruction in the movement of people including vehicles associated with private financial services. However, Bangladesh Bank will give separate instructions for the banking sector. Apart from this, it has been proposed to close public gatherings, meetings and social functions. Government, autonomous and private offices have to work with one third of the manpower.
Shopping malls, may be tied up during the market. The office-court has to work with one-third manpower. Private employees, including government employees, will not be allowed to leave their workplaces during the ban. Hat-bazaar, shopping mall should be closed by 7 pm.
Law enforcement, intelligence agencies, electricity, water, relief distribution, energy, fire service, telephone, internet, postal service, hospitals, agricultural products, fertilizers, seeds, food, industrial products, state-owned goods, nurses, doctors, cable network workers, media workers There will be no obstruction in transportation and movement if the hygiene rules are followed. It has been proposed to maintain the health protection of all industrial and factory workers including export oriented industries. The government announced the first corona patient identification in the country on March 8 last year. The first death was reported on March 17, 10 days later. After that, for the first time, the government declared a ‘general holiday’ on March 23 to control the infection. Initially, the holiday was announced from March 26 to April 4, but later the period was extended several times.
At that time all offices-courts, mills-factories, educational institutions were closed and all kinds of vehicles were banned from operating in the whole country. Since May 31, the government has been gradually relaxing the ban. At the end of the year, all the restrictions are lifted except for the closure of schools and colleges.
A lockdown was given at Tolarbagh in the capital to control the infection before the general holiday. It was then planned to divide the country into red, yellow and green zones during the holidays and impose lockdown restrictions according to the situation. The system was introduced experimentally in several areas including Rajabazar and Wari. But later it did not go ahead.
At the beginning of the new year, the rate of infection in the country comes down a lot. Mass vaccination of coronavirus started all over the country. But since the beginning of March, the number of new patients in the country has been increasing by leaps and bounds. In the previous 24 hours till last Friday morning, 6,630 people were infected with coronavirus in the country, which is the highest since the onset of the epidemic. The number of identified patients in the country so far stands at six lakh 24 thousand 594 people. And a total of 9,155 of them have died.