Monday, January 18, 2010

Aila Durgoto Mancho demands immediate repairing of the Embankments

The Aila Durgoto Sanghati Monch, a body comprising of political and
civic group leaders working in Khulna city to voice the problems of
Aila hit people in southwestern zone of the country, at a press
conference at Khulna Press Club here Thursday noon demanded to repair
and reconstruct the damaged embankment of Aila affected areas
immediately.

The Monch convener advocate Firoz Ahmed read out the written speech in
presence of Khulna Bar Association former president advocate Abdullah
Hossain Bachchu, SA Rashid of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Monirul
Haque Bachchu of Biplobi Workers' Party, Khalid Hossain of Jatiya
Samajtantrik Dal, Jahangir Alam Sabuj of Workers' Party, FM Iqbal of
Samyabadi Dal, SM Faruk-Ul-Islam of Jatiya Shramik Fedaration, Proloy
Mojumdar of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal, Hasan Mehedi of Humanity
Watch, Mahendranath Sen of Janaudyog and advocate Mominul Islam of
Manabadhikar Bastabayan Sangstha.

The written speech said that though seven months have already been
passed after Aila hit the southwestern zone of the country, the
damaged embankments were not repaired and reconstructed and, as a
result, 70 thousand marginal farmers and crop-sharers have become
jobless as they could not grow Aman paddy.

The farmers will not be able to grow Boro paddy as saline water is
still entering into the fields as the embankments are not repaired,
said Firoz, adding that around one lakh people of the affected areas
have already been migrated and among the migrated people, around 15
thousand people have been living in different slums in Khulna city.

Firoz also informed that different species of sweet water fishes have
been facing the threat of being extinct and the number of cattle has
reduced in the areas to a large extent.

The Monch leaders declared to observe a sit-in at Picture Palace
crossing in the city Friday morning to press home the same demands
and, if their demands were not met within one week, they would to
establish 'Aila Durgato Monch' at Shaheed Hadis Park in Khulna city
from where the monch leaders will conduct indefinite agitation
programme to fulfill their demands.

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