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No specific allocation for low-income group: BNP

May 05, 2021 00:00:00

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said though the lowly-paid workers and day-labourers have been the worst victims of the pandemic, the government has not yet made any specific allocation for them, reports UNB.

Speaking at a virtual discussion, he also alleged that pro-ruling party people are mainly taking benefits of the stimulus packages announced by the government for the pandemic victims.

"We've repeatedly said the government should help mainly those who live from hand to mouth and those who work in the informal and SME sectors during the corona period. Our poor brothers and sisters have been suffering most since the outbreak of the pandemic, but there's no allocation for them in the packages announced by the government. There's no specific allocation for them," Fakhrul said.

He said their party proposed providing each affected worker with a one-time incentive of at least Tk 15,000 for three months, but the government did not pay heed to it.

"Government officials and the cohorts of Awami League are taking away all the incentives that have been announced for owners," he alleged.

Jatityatabadi Sramik Dal, the workers' wing of BNP, arranged the virtual programme marking its 42nd founding anniversary and historic May Day.

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