The news of the country reaches the hands of the people every day before the sunrise. Whether it is severe cold or storm-rain, the newspaper hawkers always make it ensue.
Bashundhara Group, one of the leading business conglomerate of the country, has announced to stand by the heroes working behind the media
Bashundhara will stay beside more than 15,000 newspaper hawkers of the country in any need, including accident and illness.
Bashundhara Group Managing Director (MD) Sayem Sobhan Anvir made the announcement at a view exchange
meeting held at his residence in Bashundhara Residential Area of the capital on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier, leaders of newspaper hawkers, agents and transport association raised their problems to Bashundhara MD Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
At that time, Sayem Sobhan Anvir handed over donations to the leaders of Dhaka Newspaper Hawkers' Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, Newspaper Hawkers' Welfare Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, Newspaper Distributors' Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, Bangladesh Newspaper Agent Association and Bangladesh Newspaper Transport Association.
Making a pledge to stay beside the newspaper agents and hawkers and workers, Sayem Sobhan Anvir said, "Bashundhara Group will stay beside the newspaper workers and hawkers in any need, including medical assistance. Besides, in case of death of a newspaper hawker, the family will receive a grant of Tk one lakh. This grant will continue as long as Bashundhara Group will exist."
Addressing the hawkers, the MD of Bashundhara said, "Everyone of you is like a member of my family. After struggling with thousands of problems and even ignoring rains and storms, you hand over the newspaper to the people. So, you will find me by your side in need. "
Hearing this announcement, Abdus Salam, Hanif Mia, Mohammad Rafiq and Abed Ali, who earn their livelihood by selling newspapers in the capital, have become emotional.
"Now it seems that there is someone for us. Bashundhara Group will stand beside us in case of any emergency. May Allah bless the MD of Bashundhara Group and his family. All the hawkers are very happy with this initiative of Bashundhara."
Expressing the announcement of Bashundhara Group MD a time-befitting one, Mohammad Abdul Mannan, President of Dhaka Newspaper Hawkers' Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, said, “No one in the history of the country's newspapers has ever stood by the hawkers like this before. Sayem Sobhan Anvir has taken place in the minds of over 15,000 hawkers by his annoucement today."
Abu Bakar Siddique, general secretary of the Bangladesh Newspaper Agent Association, said, "Agents and hawkers are not evaluated for their works. Hawkers do not get any assistance even if anyone faces accident or becomes sick during work. Not only that, even if a hawker dies while working, no one stands by the helpless family. So, hawkers across the country are very happy with this announcement of Bashundhara Group. Now hawkers will have immense courage and motivation for better performance. They are informed that Bashundhara will stay beside them in case of any critical situation.”
Announcing the support of the Bashundhara Group, Akhter Hossain Rintu, President of Bangladesh Newspaper Transport Association, said, "In this present context, Bashundhara Group has become a true friend of the newspaper hawkers. Also, the hawkers will always stand beside the Bashundhara in the future."
Imdadul Haque Milan, Director of East West Media Group Limited and eminent writer, Mohammad Golam, Chief Coordinator of MD of Bashundhara Group and Billal Hossain Montu, Head of Circulation Department were present on the occasion.
BDST: 2343 HRS, JAN 26, 2022