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Autorickshaw drivers, light vehicle workers demand food support

  • Published at 10:43 pm April 29th, 2021
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A leader of Bangladesh Auto-Rickshaw Light Vehicle Transport Workers’ Federation addresses a rally demanding food support and permission to resume their operation near the National Press Club, Thursday, April 29, 2021 UNB

They are out of work due to lockdown and their families remain hungry during Ramadan, says a transport workers’ leader

Autorickshaw drivers and light vehicle workers organized a human chain in front of the National Press Club on Thursday demanding food support and allowing their operation by ensuring health and safety rules.

Addressing a rally during the human chain arranged by Bangladesh Autorickshaw, Light Vehicle Transport Workers’ Federation (BALTWF), the leaders of the organization said their members could not work during the lockdown.

President of BALTWF Abul Hossain presided over the rally.

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"This restriction ultimately put us in big trouble as we have become unemployed and our families will have to go hungry during Ramadan," said Golam Faruk, secretary of BALTWF.

He noted that the organization had already appealed to different government offices for direct food and cash aid so that their families could survive.

“But this time no charitable person or organization is coming forward to help the starving people while government assistance has not yet reached us,” the leader said.