JSD urges govt to reverse â€˜suicidalâ€™ decision to shut jute mills
Leaders from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, or JSD, have urged the government to withdraw what they said was a â€˜suicidalâ€™ decision to close down the jute mills and run each of them as an â€˜enterpriseâ€™.
The government can modernise the 25 jute mills with only Tk 12.5 billion to â€˜run them properlyâ€™, instead of Tk 50 billion estimated for worker compensations, said the leaders.
This budget will be enough to pay salaries of 25,000 workers at the rate of Tk 25,000 a month and also to turn a profit, they said.
JSD leaders urged the government to initiate a pilot project in coordination with workersâ€™ representatives.
The government initiated a plan to modernise the loss-making jute sector and turn into a production-oriented industry under the private-public partnership.
As part of the plan, the government decided to shut down production at state-owned jute mills after making full payments to workers.
The shutdown will send about 25,000 workers into early retirement under a scheme, euphemistically called a golden handshake.
The decision came at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina amid widespread unrest among jute mill workers over the government's decision to shut the loss-making mills.