Bangladesh: BAFLF demands establishment of rights of farm workers

Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation held its 7th national conference at Engineers Institution auditorium where Jatiya Krishak Samiti vice-president Mahmudul Hasan Manik chaired.

Politicians and labour leaders on Saturday at the opening session of the national conference of Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation demanded increasing wage of the farm labourers of the country and their recognition as regular workers.

Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon, also adviser to the Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation demanded that the government should give recognition to the farm labourers as regular workers.

Moreover, their wages should be increased, so that they could run their families.

The farm labourers were playing an important role in increasing food production of the country and ensuring food security, Menon said.

Agriculture minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque said that government would continue providing subsidies to the agriculture sector to keep the country self-sufficient in food production.

Moreover, the government would supply agricultural inputs to the farmers at cheaper prices, Abdur Razzaque said.

General secretary of the organisation Abdul Majid demanded that the authorities should stop outsourcing of workers in Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation.

Jatiya Sramik Federation president Quamrul Ahsan demanded implementation of national minimum wage Tk 20,000 per month.

The opening session was followed by a council session to elect a new central committee of the organisation.

Several hundred councillors and delegates from across the country attended the council session.