Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist) — CPB (M) — today announced a siege of the Ministry of Textiles and Jute on September 15 to realise its three-point demand, including the resignation of Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi for his failure in protecting the country’s jute industry.

The two other demands are reopening of all closed jute mills and reinstating jute mill workers and paying all arrears.

General Secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh (Marxist) MA Samad announced the programme today through a release.

Instead of modernising the jute mills and stopping looting and irregularities in the jute sector, the government has decided to close down state-run jute factories, which is not acceptable, Samad said in a release.

He also said thousands of workers in this industry have become unemployed as a result of the closure of jute mills. Besides, millions of workers in other sectors are unemployed today due to the impact of coronavirus. Unemployed workers are also returning from abroad.

“But the government has no headache in this regard,” the CPB(M) GS added.

He said there is no alternative to waging movements against the government to protest such injustice.