Dhanmondi to Gulshan-1. The CNG autorickshaw driver demanded 500 rupees. The sky fell on my head. The driver does not care what happens to the passenger or not. Some go, some go. If not, why would you want to rent so much money. The reason for demanding Rs 500 fare is transport strike in protest of rising fuel prices. ‘If you go, go, if you don’t go, don’t go. There is no time to read Panchal ‘- he said and waited for the answer. Feeling discouraged to sit in a CNG car thinking of a way to get back to the house of a person who left home with 500 rupees. The second CNG autorickshaw driver demanded 400 rupees. In the end, the rent was fixed at 300 rupees. The driver said he would go to the meter if asked by the police on the road. You have to pay more rent, you have to save him by lying about him again. Injustice must be conquered by lying. Like being held hostage.
Like a pedestrian on the street. Walking. Some people want to reach the destination by light running. When the auto was forced to stop in a traffic jam, it was learned that the runners wanted to enter the test hall in time. Job test. The bus does not leave. It is difficult to prove the qualification of the job by reaching the destination on something else. So he is running with two legs. ‘What did you say defeat? I will not be able to enter the garments if I do not arrive on time. One day will look missing. The car doesn’t move. How can I have sex! ‘ A woman garment worker was saying with regret. Someone is getting tired of walking again. Most passengers. Even then, there is no shortage of traffic jams in private cars, Uber and CNG autos.
Gulshan to Dhanmondi the same experience in the afternoon. Suffering has come down in the lives of ordinary people – transport strike. The strike was called off by the transport owners ‘and workers’ union after the government suddenly increased fuel prices. Transport owners ‘and workers’ organizations have in the past stood against the people and saved their interests. This is nothing new. However, the shock came when it became known that the government had increased the price to curb fuel smuggling in India. Fuel prices are lower in Bangladesh than in India. So Jwalani is being trafficked. The government has taken this decision to prevent this trafficking. But what kind of argument? The verdict was imposed on ordinary people, who have to run daily in buses, tempos, CNG autos to work and in the state’s import-export economy, without failing to check fuel failure, without holding those responsible accountable and without taking a tough stance on smuggling. On wheels! Hundreds of containers were stranded at the seaport. Raw materials could not reach various industries from the port. Various types of products could not reach the port from the industrial factories. The garment industry in particular has suffered severe losses. Cargo ships have returned from Chittagong port without even taking the goods. Hundreds of crores of rupees have been lost in the import-export trade. It has also been propagated in the media.
Farmers have also suffered losses in the transport strike. Farmers who have failed to meet the demand for agricultural products have calculated their losses. I don’t know if anyone will take responsibility for these losses. Those responsible should be taken. If you do not take responsibility, there will be no accountability. And without accountability, transparency will not come. Opacity mistrust, chaos is created, money? I have to agree. Confidence, faith, trust, this kind of feeling man finds in the comfort, peace, security of his life. Usually people meet their needs on the condition of survival.
Can the smuggling be stopped by increasing the price of fuel, or has it ever gone? Certainly not. What happened? Of course it is a victory and that belongs to the transport owner-worker. On the one hand the government and on the other hand the transport owners and workers have benefited due to the increase in fuel and fares in turn. Critics say it’s a game between the government and transport owners. He played on the people and finished the game. Many think that they have played many such games in the past. So what? But almost everyone knows that there are border guards to prevent smuggling. It is necessary to consider how logical it is to understand something new by keeping this fact invisible. To alleviate the suffering of the people, the government has fixed the rent of vehicles using octane, CNG and diesel. As many of the transport owners did not follow suit, the media was seen putting stickers on the transports to indicate which type of fuel was running. It is possible to understand whether it is possible to bring transport owners and workers under the rule by affixing stickers by reviewing the past experience. Despite conducting mobile courts, crime and corruption could not be prevented as expected. Criminals and criminal tendencies remain in the society for one reason or another. If these factors are not properly understood, the problem will not be solved, either.
It is true that any decision is best taken in the opinion of the people. Especially those associated with the people. These people include government and non-government workers, working people, farmers, businessmen, students, teachers and other professional people. There are politicians of different ideologies, civil society, sociologists. If public opinion is verified before introducing a rule within the state, the burden of loss does not fall on the common man as it does on the state economy. Although such practices are not commonly seen. But the time has come for such a practice unless the people feel the need to make the issue of accountability visible through political goodwill and in fact there is a desire to accelerate development.
Corona’s chobal is not cut yet. About 3 crore people have become poor again. According to many, more. When he looked around, he saw Corona’s injury. Victims find it extremely inhumane to make such decisions when people are preoccupied with the prospect of losing their jobs, the rush of business, unemployment, and the urge to move on. Though the fear of Corona’s death has been overcome, people are now lost in the desperate urge to survive. The fear of dying without eating is even stronger now than the fear of corona.
One thing that has been in the market for a long time and that is that the government can do everything, not only with the transport owners and workers, but also does not want to get up. At the same time, the border seems to be unprotected. If the two words are wrong, then it needs to be proved. The government has to prove it. The decision should be taken in the interest of the state and the people. Excluding the people to think about the state, how to serve!
Swapna Reza: Fiction writer and columnist.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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