Thursday, January 28, 2010

Aila Mancho for reconstruction of Embankment started

The Aila Mancho started its journey with solidarity from all major
political parties and civil society representatives today at Shaheed
Hadis Park of Khulna city with participation of more than 1000
participants from students, affected people, development organizations
and professional groups.

The Aila Durgoto Sanghati Mancho is organizing the Aila Mancho under
assistance of Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL)
through Humanitywatch.

In the Inaugural Gathering the speakers demanded significant
development in repairing and reconstruction of the embankments within
next 5 days. Otherwise the Mancho will take harder actions to ensure
responsibilities of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB). The
speakers said, "It is not a question of humanity no more, it is now a
question of basic human rights. The government has no right to delay
when more than 300 thousand people are adversely suffering for it."

They expressed their anxiety that if the government fail to
reconstruct the embankments within February, it cannot be repaired
within this year. Journalist Gouranga Nandy addressed the gathering in
his welcome speech while Hasan Mehedi, Member secretary of Aila
Durgoto Sanghati Mancho described the present situation of 4 affected
Upazilas of Khulna and Satkhira district.

Student Debashish Roy, physician Dr. Goutam Roy, Dr. Niranjan Mondal,
Advocate Ruhul Amin from Aila affected areas described the sufferings
of the people of their communities. They expressed that the people
have no safe water, food and houses now. Some of the affected people
are getting dheutin (corrugated iron sheet) and other materials for
reconstruction of houses. But they have no land to construct house.
Many of the sanitary latrines made by development organizations are
submerged twice daily in high tides. So, all development activities
are unfruitful if the embankments are not reconstructed.

The inauguration gathering was chaired by Mancho convener Advocate
Feroz Ahmed. Former Lawyers' Association president Advocate Abdullah
Hossain Bacchu, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) secretary SA
Rashid, Biplobi Workers Party secretary Manirul Huq Bacchu, Jatiya
Samajtantrik Dal (Jasod) president Rafiqul Huq Khokon, National Awami
Party president Fazlur Rahman, Shammobadi Dal secretary FM Iqbal and
Labour leader SM Faruk-ul-Islam addressed the gathering.

After discussion of the leaders, renowned national cultural
organisation Udichi presented popular country song and campaign songs
to the audience.

The local and national newspapers have covered the news of Aila
Mancho. Please see news of Daily NewAge:
http://www.newagebd.com/2010/jan/27/nat.html
Daily Kaler Kantho 26 January 2010:
http://www.dailykalerkantho.com/index.php?view=details&type=single&pub_no=58&menu_id=58&news_type_id=1&news_id=26584