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Jobless farm labors being sent to haor districts to cut Boropaddy from Gaibandha

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Update : Thursday, April 22, 2021

Almost all the day and farm labor of the district have become jobless and they have been passing their idle time for want of works during the lock down imposed by the government to halt the spread of Corona.

Many of the day labors lead their livelihood through working at various shops and business establishments of the of the district and seven upazila towns. But their sources of income had been stopped for shutting down the shops and business establishments due to lockdown.

As they cannot earn money through selling the labor, they along with their family members are in great trouble and passing their days and nights with hardship.

In this circumstances, at the directive of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the district administration, district police and the department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) had taken up an initiative to send farm labors to haor areas of the country to cut Boro Paddy produced during the current Robi season.

GanaUnnayan Kendra (GUK), a local non-government reputed organization is also assisting them to send the labors from the district without any trouble, said Aftab Hossain, coordinator of GUK.

In last few days till Wednesday, as many as 283 efficient farm labors from the district were sent to different parts of the country to cut paddy. Of them, 33 labors were sent to Nadigramupazila under Bogura district on Tuesday at the initiative of Gobindaganjupazila administration, Gobindaganjupazila agriculture office under the DAE, Gobindaganjthana police.

On Wednesday, some 250 farm labors of the district were sent to Cumilla district. Earlier, superintendent of police (SP)Muhammad Towhidul Islam gave some directions to the labors and asked them to maintain discipline during the working period there so that the image of the district was not tarnished by their dealings. The SP also gave them mask, a bottle of drinking water and a packet of lunch to each of the labors.

Later, the SP see off the bus of the labors in front of his office of the town. Senior officials of the police of SP office including traffic inspector (Admin) Noor Islam Shohag and the officials of the GUK were present on the occasion.

Deputy director(DD) of the DAE agriculturist Masudur Rahman told this correspondent that as many as 10,000 farm labors would be send to different districts including Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Cumilla, Natore and Bogura to cut Boro paddy there during the current Boroseason.

In reply to a query the DD said, over 800 farm labors of the district had already been given certification paper to cut Boro paddy going to Haor areas of different district in the country.

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