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PM warns of punitive actions against instigating university students

  • Published at 04:33 pm November 9th, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 13th council of Jatiya Sramik League at historic Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday, November 9, 2019 Focus Bangla

The premier says if the situation continues, the government may stop funding these institutions

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned of punitive actions against instigating students to create unrest in public universities reminding all concerned that these institutions of higher studies are run with public money.

"Leading students to a wrong path through provocation and sweet words is unacceptable…nobody can allow this," she said while inaugurating the Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik League's (BJSL) 13th national council at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Saturday, reports BSS.

In an apparent reference to the current unrest in Jahangirnagar University and other public universities, the premier said if the situation continued, the government might stop funding these institutions which would require agitators or their instigators to bear their study expenses.

"The government will stop [giving] all money. Because the public universities are autonomous bodies…Why the government will bear their expenses?"

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, and Awami League Labour Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj also spoke at the function.

International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen, General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific (ITUC AP) Shoya Yoshida, and South Asian Regional Trade Union Council General Secretary Laxman Bahadur Basnet addressed the function.

Earlier, the prime minister opened the conference by releasing pigeons and balloons in the morning.