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Workers demand public transport resumption, food assistance

  • Published at 04:53 pm May 2nd, 2021
Sayedabad transport worker protest
Transport workers demand the resumption of public transport services in a procession at the Sayedabad area of Dhaka on Sunday; May 2, 2021 Focus Bangla

Public transport services were suspended to contain Covid-19 in Bangladesh on April 5

Transport workers on Sunday brought out a procession in Dhaka’s Sayedabad area to press home their three-point demand, including to resume of public transport while maintaining health protocols.

The workers under the banner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Road Transport Workers Union brought out the procession in the morning.

Earlier on Saturday, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the Bangladesh government is considering the resumption of public transport services in the country ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The minister also urged transport owners and workers not to resort to protests over the issue.

"Be patient," he told the aggrieved public transport owners and workers.

Public transport services were suspended in Bangladesh on April 5, when the government announced a countrywide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

On Friday, transport owners urged the government to immediately resume bus services. They also demanded food assistance for unemployed transport workers.

In a statement, the owners said anger is brewing among public transport owners and workers over the indefinite suspension of public transport services.

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