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ED: Helping those who need it most

  • Published at 07:06 am May 17th, 2021
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The authorities must also devise a long-term solution for the unemployment crisis in the country

As Bangladesh gets ready for a fresh round of lockdowns post-Eid in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the question must be asked: Is enough being done to ensure that all people are able to make ends meet?

Covid-19 has devastated entire economies, but it is the poorest and most vulnerable that have been hit hardest, and continue to struggle the most. Many micro, cottage, and small industries have been forced to shut down, while day-labourers and wage-earners, from bus conductors to street vendors, have been deprived of a source of income whenever there is a lockdown implemented.

This situation is further exacerbated by the fact that, for the most part, these people receive little to no support, either from their employers, or from the government, or the community at large, often left to fend for themselves as everyone is busy battling the pandemic.

This is an extremely disheartening state of affairs; during such a time, it is the solemn duty of the authorities and us as Bangladeshis to ensure that no one in society is going hungry, and is being provided and cared for. Moreover, beyond the cash and food assistance that these people need to be provided with, the authorities must also devise a long-term solution for the unemployment crisis in the country.

People, when desperate and destitute, are compelled to take drastic measures into their own hands in order to ensure survival. Bangladesh cannot afford that to become the norm in society.

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