Govt allocates Tk 1,000cr for country’s jute mill workers

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Dhaka, April 11: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday allotted Tk 1,000 crore to clear arrears in the country’s state-owned jute mills.

 The decision comes amid demonstrations by jute mill workers in Khulna over the last few days demanding the payment outstanding wages.

The prime minister gave the directive at Monday’s regular Cabinet meeting, State Minister for Jute Mirza Azam told reporters at his office after the cabinet meeting.jute mill workers rally in Khulna

The money had been allotted to the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), he added.

“The prime minister said, ‘When people will celebrate Pahela Baishakh across the country, it is not acceptable that jute mill workers will demonstrate for arrears.This can’t happen’,” said Azam.

“These arrears have been lying unpaid for long. Some pertain to 2008, 2009 and 2010. But the bulk of it is of the past three years.

“Of this, Tk 2.75 billion is for gratuity, almost Tk 3 billion for provident fund and eight weeks’ wages of Tk 480 million,” added the minister.

Azam said the arrears will be cleared once the finance ministry sends the sum. “Workers in all jute mills across the country will be paid, not only in Khulna.”