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Auto-rickshaw, light vehicle workers demand support during lockdown

  • Published at 10:29 pm June 27th, 2021
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BALTWF leaders place a 7-point demand, including cash aid and food support for workers, at the Shishu Kalyan Parishad Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday; June 27, 2021 UNB

Demands include both cash and food aid

CNG-run autorickshaw and light vehicle workers have demanded food and cash support during the strict nationwide lockdown that begins on July 1, following three days of partial restrictions starting Monday.

Placing a seven-point demand at the Shishu Kalyan Parishad Auditorium in Dhaka, leaders of the Bangladesh Auto-Rickshaw Light Vehicle Transport Workers Federation (BALTWF) said the workers in the transport sector are in dire straits now after being forced to spend their savings to make ends meet.

The seven-point demands include food rationing, cash-aid support, health safety equipment and vaccination, issuance of driving licences without hassle, stopping police harassment and resumption of the registration process of light vehicles.


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"The repeated lockdowns have become a threat to our livelihoods as many of us have become unemployed," BALTWF Secretary Golam Faruk said. 

"It will not be possible for us to survive the situation without the direct support of the government.

"We have already urged different government offices to provide us with direct food and cash aid so that our families can survive," he added.


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