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Sarwar Azam Manik, Cox’s Bazar
People of Cox’s Bazaar on Monday demanded to preserve 70 percent jobs of the NGOs (non-governmental organisations) working in Rohingya camps in the district.
Under the banner of ‘Amra Cox’s Bazarbasi’, different professionals and local unemployed youths staged demonstration, formed human chain and held a protest rally in front of the district commissioner’s office to press their demand.
According to organisers, the event was organised in protest of the recent mass-termination of local employees from different local and global NGOs working in the camps.
Speakers at the human chain gave a 7-day ultimatum to the NGOs to give back jobs to all the terminated local employees.
“If the NGOs do not return the job to the locals within the next seven days, they would be resisted in Cox’s Bazar,” they warned.
Demonstrators alleged that in a planned manner, local youths working with different NGOs have been terminated from their jobs in an alarming rate recently by a small vested group of NGO officials coming outside the district, only to provide the employments to their relatives.
During the protest rally, the speakers stressed that working in the Rohingya camp is a right of locals.
They called upon the district administration to intervene into the issue to stop the conspiracy.
Among others, senior journalist Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, district freedom fighter commander Md Shahjahan, youth leader Kalim Ullah, Nazim Uddin, Ukhia upazila Awami League’s publicity secretary Russell Chowdhury, youth leader Imrul Kayes Chowdhury, labour leader HM Nazrul Islam, district BCL senior vice-president Ishmael Sajjad, joint general secretary Maruf Ibn Hossain, deputy office secretary Main Uddin, and district Chhatra Dal leader Kanan Barua addressed the rally.