Hossen Sohel for DOT
 Jatiya Oikya Front yesterday alleged that the government decision to close down state owned jute mills was part of a blueprint of reviving the dying jute factories in West Bengal of India, reports New Age.
 The JOF leaders made the allegation in a joint statement protesting against the decision and termination of about 51 thousand workers, including 24,886 permanent ones, of the mills amid the COVID-19
 ‘Although the government had said that the mills would be reopened under public-private partnership, it can logically be feared from the past records of the government that the jute mills would be handed over to a few people close to it at a token price,’ the statement said.
 This decision appears to be part of a blueprint of reviving the dying jute mills in West Bengal by destroying Bangladeshi jute mills,’ it read.  The decision was taken at a time when crores of people had become jobless. Let alone creating new jobs, the government is terminating people from jobs,’ rad the statement of JOF.
, an alliance of the opposition political parties.
 Referring to jute secretary’s comment that the government had to incur a loss of Tk 10,674 crore in past 48 years, the JOF leaders said that the government, without buying a single watt of electricity, paid Tk 52,000 crore to a few businessmen close to the government only for capacity charge.
‘Labourers are not responsible for the losses in the jute sector. Like other state-owned sectors, the losses happened due to the top administration’s corruption, inefficiency and inability. The labourers are now paying for those failures,’ the statement read.