Striking tea workers submit memorandum to PM to save ‘arable land’

Striking tea workers at Chunarughat in Habiganj have submitted a memorandum to the prime minister demanding cancellation of the decision to allocate ‘arable land’ for building an economic zone.

Faiham Ibne Sharif from
Published : 28 Dec 2015, 07:41 PM
Updated : 28 Dec 2015, 07:42 PM

The workers of the tea gardens in Chandpur submitted the memorandum to Sheikh Hasina through the Chunarughat Upazila executive officer after the strike and a rally on Monday.
Workers from four camps took part in the strike and the demonstration under the banner of a ‘Committee to Protect Chandpur Tea Gardens Land’.
The committee’s Member Secretary Nripen Paul said they submitted the memorandum after the one-week ultimatum they had given the district administration ended.
The district administration has not responded to the ultimatum yet, Paul said.
He said they will stage a strike for two hours and rallies starting Tuesday.
UNO Mashhudul Kabir told he will forward the memorandum to the deputy commissioner as he does not have the authority send anything directly to the prime minister.
The deputy commissioner will take the next step, he said.

The government has allocated 511 acres of land from the Chandpur tea gardens for setting up an economic zone in Habiganj’s Chunarughat.
This comes as part of its plan to set up some special economic zones across the country.
The workers of the tea gardens, widely known as ‘Khetland’, have been protesting to save the land.
They demonstrated on Dec 20 and submitted a memorandum to the district deputy commissioner.