My fragile childhood memories could recognize lives in the primacies of Khalishpur jute mill, Kulna where spontaneity of happiness prevailed everywhere. Even today my memory could recall when workers are rush into the mill in the morning, busy working environment, crowed of production and community in the complex.
Within a decade scenario has changed in jute mill. Most of state owned mills were about to collapse for not to make profit including Khalishpur Jute mill. Government had been subsidizing for the salary. World Bank also has suggested not to continue these subsidized projects. Consequently, Khalishpur jute mill also laid out in 2007. More than 3000 worker’s lost their job and their home; thousands of family leaves Khulna cities forever.
I revisited the fragile mill when opens again. I saw smile washed away from the face of the worker. They are getting low wage like per hour 29 cents. Question was directly relating to the survival the fragile existence. Who is responsible for? There are counter logics! But for me it is fragile commitment to the people, commitment to the national integrity.