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Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal on Tuesday demanded waiver of agricultural loans, new interest-free loans and sustainable rehabilitation programmes for farmers in flood affected areas of the country.
They made the demands in separate human chains in Dhaka and Rajshahi as per their pre-scheduled programmes.
In Dhaka, addressing a human chain formed by Krishak Dal in front of the National Press Club, the peasant front of Bangladesh Nationalist Party convener Shamsuzzaman Dudu said that the farmers in the flood-hit areas were passing a very tough time.
He alleged that a few days ago Tk 27,000 crore were looted from the share market but no case was lodged against anyone but helpless farmers were becoming accused for their inability even to pay Tk 2,000 to Tk 3,000.
Referring to BNP chairperson’s cordiality to save the farmers by standing by them and waiving their loans while they were in distressed condition, he said that Khaleda used to go to the affected farmers and to give them financial assistance.
He wanted to know who would look after the flood affected farmers while the prime minister was in abroad while the farmers were really in need of financial assistance.
Dudu said that the country was witnessing manifold problems in absence of democracy while BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was kept detained and acting chairman Tarique Rahman was compelled to stay in abroad.
He urged the Krishak Dal leaders and activists to get united to launch movement to end the situation and stand by the flood affected farmers.
BNP vice-chairman Abdul Awal Mintu, Krishak Dal member secretary Hasan Zafir Tuhin and organising secretary SK Sadi, among others, spoke.
In Rajshshi, Krishak Dal’s Rajshshi unit formed a human chain in front of BNP office at Malopara area in the city on Tuesday morning to press home the demands.
According to a report of the Department of Agricultural Extension in late July, the flood affected over 6.5 lakh farmers in north and central part of the country and completely damaged different standing crops on 80,568 hectares while crops on 91,474 hectares were partially damaged.
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