The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Sunday urged Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami to withdraw its post-Eid 48-hour countrywide shutdown for the sake of the economy and people’s safe return to their workplaces after Eid.
“We appeal to Jamaat-e-Islami to withdraw the hartal called for August 12-13 for the sake of country’s economic development and greater interest of people,” the apex trade body said in a statement.
The trade body also urged the political parties concerned to shun the path of conflicts and violence, and adopt the policy of discussion for resolving all political problems.
It is the expectation of all that people will celebrate the Eid with festivity after a month-long fasting but the post-Eid 48-hour harta create panic among people as they will have to return after Eid vacation, it said.
The statement said the homebound people have already started leaving the city to celebrate Eid with their families and friends and will return to Dhaka after Eid.
The FBCCI said the hartal will make the movement of people uncertain, disrupt commercial and academic activities apart from impeding the trade and commerce and halting export and import.
It said hartal means immense sufferings for those fasting, creating problems in goods transportation, price hike of essentials and finally people’s sufferings. “Due to hartal, domestic and foreign investments are discouraged. And hartal casts a negative impact on economic growth and public income. The country’s business community is deeply concerned,” the statement added.