Bangladesh: Sugar mill workers, farmers urge Sheikh Hasina to withdraw government’s decision of suspending sugarcane crushing in six mills

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Workers and cane farmers associated with the government-run sugar mills staged demonstrations against the government’s decision to close the state-run sugar mills. They also sent a memorandum of their demands to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding the cancellation of suspension of work of six sugar mills.

MD Anwarul Huq, general secretary, Bangladesh Sugar Industries Corporation Workers-Employees Federation said, “Workers and growers of all the 15 state-owned sugar mills went to the offices of their respective deputy commissioners with a procession and offered memorandum to the prime minister through them.”

The demonstration was jointly organized by Bangladesh Sugar Mill Sugarcane Growers Federation and his organisation, he said.

The government has decided to stop crushing at Pabna Sugar Mills, Shyampur, Setabganj, Kushtia Panchagarh and Rangpur Sugar Mills.

The demonstrators stated that the government’s decision came when the farmers were preparing to send their sugarcane to the sugar mills for crushing. The cane growers would incur huge loss if they send cane to other mills and the workers will also face problems of job loss.

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