‘Defaulters pampered while farmers ignored’

Special Correspondent
Dr Reza Kibria, General Secretary of Gono Forum, has said that the government pampers the loan defaulters paying them billions of taka while not a single penny is allocated to aid the poverty-stricken farmers. Dr Reza Kibria made the remark on Wednesday while speaking at a press conference in the capital.
Loan scammers and financial fraudsters get big amounts of incentives and monetary support from banks but no initiatives have been yet taken to cooperate with the farmers who are not getting fair prices for the rice they produce, he stated.
Dr Reza Kibria called upon the government to come up with immediate steps to assist farmers all over Bangladesh.
Gono Forum President Dr. Kamal Hossain made references to the demonstrations of farmers in different parts of the country where farmers burnt paddies and blocked roads with rice sacks showing their anger.
Dr. Reza Kibria further said that the present government is an unelected one. “People do not have confidence on this government.”
Gono Forum has urged the government to buy rice directly from farmers, to work for the diversification of crops, to initiate modern market system and to pay incentives to farmers to reduce their hardship. Former Awami League leader Abu Sayeed said that farmers have to spend at least 745 taka for producing forty kilograms of rice but they earn only 500 or 600 taka for this quantity of rice while selling.
The program was also attended by Gono Forum leaders Subrata Chowdhury, Mohsin Rashid, Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, Jaglul Haider Afrik, Moshtak Ahmed, Amin Afsari and Abdul Awal.

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