Tk 463.75 cr retirement benefit unpaid
Staff Correspondent: Retirement benefit for a total of Tk 463.75 crore including Tk 130.79 crore is lying unpaid years together for the workers and officials of Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC). Of the dues Tk 182.95 for the officials and Tk 150.01 crore for the workers, said the source.
As a result, a few hundred retired officials, staff and labourers of BSFIC have been leading inhuman lives for financial crisis. They are deprived off their gratuity and other benefits for years together. Although the Prime Minister (PM) had allocated a sum of Tk 250 crore to meet the demand of the officials and staff along with the dues of the sugarcane supplying farmers.
The directives of the ministry of industries could not be effective when the Prime Minister (PM) had allocated a sum of Tk 250 crore to meet up the dues for the staff and outstanding lying with the sugarcane supplying farmers in the mills zones. Negligence by the highest authority of the BSFIC was blamed for the non-payment, said the leaders of officers welfare association.
BSFIC sources said the PM in 2018 had allocated Tk 100 crore for gratuity of the retired officials, staffs of 15 sugar mills, a workshop and head office, Tk 150 crore for repayment of bank loans and materials purchase. The corporation was advised to ensure the payment in two separate phases.
Mills wise dues for the officials, staff and labourers was Tk 21.99 crore for North Bengal Sugar Mills Limited, Tk 40.02 crore for Natore sugar mills limited, Tk 24.70 crore for Rajshahi sugar mills limited, Tk 23.71 crore for Thakugaon sugar mills limited, Tk 22.51 crore of Mobarakganj sugar mills limited, Tk 1.90 crore of Carew and company limited, Tk 32.62 crore for Faridpur sugar mills limited, Tk 25.34 crore for Kushtia sugar mills limited, Tk 20.74 crore for Joypurhat sugar mills limited, Tk 22.22 crore for Panchagarh sugar mills limited, Tk 20.19 crore for Zealbangla sugar mills limited, Tk 29.89 crore for Setabganj sugar mills limited, Tk 18.70 crore for Pabna sugar mills limited, Tk 11.04 crore for Rangpur sugar mills limited, Tk 23.18 crore for Shyampur sugar mills limited, Tk 7.72 crore for Rainweak Jageswar and company limited and Tk 110.40 crore of head office staff.
BSFIC retired officers’ welfare association convener Abu Taher Bhuiyan and member secretary Ferdous Imam when contacted said The Daily Industry that the BSFIC authorities have been ignoring the directives of the ministry of May 28 of 2019 to ensure payment for the alive and dead staffs as per the employees’ rules 51 of 1989. But the decision of the board of June 12 of 2019 could not see the light yet.
They said the staffs have been leading inhuman life having no gratuity for years together when they went on pension. The cruelty of the BSFIC authorities had left them dishonored in family and society both for financial hardship.
The duo said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working with the challenges like Padma Bridge, Ruppur nuclear power plant, metro rail, Karnaphuli tunnel and some other mega projects, while the BSFIC chairman have been ignoring the government decision for survival of hundreds of old aged staff country wide. It was a shame for the present government, they opined. They had urged upon the Prime Minster for her interferences in to the matter.
BSFIC chairman Sanat Kumar Saha when contacted over cell phone, said he had distributed the allocated money for the payment of the dues of the farmers who had supplied sugarcane to the mills zones. He has to pay another Tk 23 crore for the farmers as they (farmers) are the main wheelers to keep the mills operative in the season. Remaining issues might be addressed later when adequate fund was available, Saha added.