Opening Traditional Stone Collection from 3 Quarries demanded
Innumerable Labourers left unemployed : Indefinite Transport Strike Threatened
Md. Abdur Razzak, Sylhet Correspondent Sylhet, Jan. 12: The quarries of Jafloong, Bichanakandi and Bholagonj in Sylhet District has been closed since 1st August, 2016, following an order signed by Senior Assistant Secretary Shirin Sultana, Ministry of Oil Gas and Mineral resources affairs. For this unprecedented order of closure, the quarries have been forced closed resulting in over 5 lakh quarry labourers went out of jobs working at those quarries.
Moreover, more than one lakh transport workers and their helpers became unemployed in Sylhet District. Stones, being supplied from Sylhet, to be used in at the rest of the country including even on-going construction of The Padma Bridge has also been retarded. The buzzing of quarry labourers, transport workers, helpers and stone traders who made the three quarries’ areas full of business throughout the day, halted with the said ministry order. The unemployment problem persisting in Sylhet District’s quarries and other areas has made the life of lakhs of labourers has come to a stand-still in almost entire Northern Sylhet District.
Owing to shortage of employment or jobs the kindreds of those labourers have either been left half-fed or hungry. In this connection, a writ petition (Petition No. 14514) was filed with Honourable High Court from where the learned justices ordered to reopen the three quarries On 24th December, 2016. But the dally-delaying of opening quarries has been thrown into uncertainty. The labourers leaders of various organizations on 8th January handed over a memorandum to DC, Sylhet in order to realize their 3-point Charter of demands including immediate opening the quarry for traditional stone-collection, halting harassment of transport workers and owners etc. The labour leaders gave an ultimatum up to 15th January, 2017 for realization of their just demands. Otherwise, they will enforce indefinite transport strike in Sylhet District from 6 a.m. on 16th January, 2017.