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BALTWF: Auto-rickshaw, light vehicles workers getting no lockdown support

  • Published at 06:08 pm August 1st, 2021
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The federation said the transport workers fear hunger more than coronavirus

Auto-rickshaw and light vehicle drivers have alleged that they are not receiving any financial aid from city corporations or any other administrative office despite the government’s promise to provide them lockdown cash and food support

In a statement on Saturday, Abul Hossain and Golam Faruk, president and general secretary of the Bangladesh Auto-Rickshaw Light Vehicle Transport Workers Federation (BALTWF) respectively, said their organization has submitted the list of affected transport workers to the Relief Ministry, City Corporations and deputy commissioners.  

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“But we received no response from any administration as yet,” they said adding, it is frequently heard that the government has allocated crores of taka and tons of foods for the affected transport workers in the lockdown. 

“All these are reported by newspapers. Where these supports are gone? " they raised question. 

The statement mentioned that the BALTWF have also placed their demands through press conference, meeting and human chain programmes in front of National Press Club. But no one heeded their appeals. 

It said the transport workers fear hunger more than coronavirus. 

The BALTWF leaders urged the government lift the ban on transport movement considering livelihoods emergency of the auto-rickshaw and light vehicles drivers and workers.