August 10, 2022, 5:54 pm

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Abuse of workers for not paying bribe, human chain in protest

Latiful Azam, Kishoreganj (Nilphamari): Beneficiaries of the project have staged a sit-in in protest of the old workers working for 20 days and the new workers for 20 days, including threatening to cut the wages of vulnerable women workers in the employment program for the extremely poor for not paying bribes to UP members.On Saturday afternoon, more than a hundred women beneficiaries of the 4th, 6th and 7th wards of Bahagili Union of Kishoreganj Upazila of Nilphamari staged a manhunt for an hour.

Shahida, Kalpana, Fazilla Begum and many other beneficiaries of the 4th, 6th and 7th wards of Bahagili Union have been working for the employment of the extremely poor for the last ten years. Earlier I worked for a daily wage of 200 taka.
This year the daily wage has been fixed at 400 taka. In the recent Union Parishad elections, new Union Parishads have been formed and the daily wage of the workers has been fixed at 400 taka UP members have taken huge sums of money from these new workers. This year we have been cutting the soil for 30 days. But for a few days now, UP members have been demanding 8,000-10,000 taka from all.

The demanded money was taken from the newly enrolled workers but they could not implement the list and had to return the money. Therefore, the beneficiaries told the human chain that they (old workers) are demanding this money from us. If not paid, the old workers will work for 20 days and the new workers for 20 days, said the UP members. They also said that if they refused to pay, their wages would be cut off and they would be mentally tortured. We are poor people, we can’t eat twice a day, how can we pay.

Abdul Hannan, Yahiya and Sadequl Islam, members of wards 4, 6 and 7 of Bahagili UP, denied the allegations and demanded money from them. They said, “We have said that the old workers will work for 20 days and the newly enlisted workers will work for the remaining 20 days.”

Upazila Project Implementation Officer Abul Hasnat Sarkar said there was no opportunity for the two groups of workers to share the land in the project. In Bahagili Union, 20 days old workers and 20 days new workers will cut the soil in two types of lists. He did not give a good answer.

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