A total of six days of blockade and hartal called by BNP-Jamaat from October 28 to November 6 has caused a loss of about 39 thousand crores to the country. Small traders, day laborers and the SME sector are the worst affected. At the same time, supply chains have been disrupted, hurting both importers and exporters in already critical economic times.
Prime Minister’s IT Advisor Sajib Wazed Joy disclosed this information in a Facebook post from his verified account on Wednesday (November 8).
Sharing a web link to an article published in ‘bdanalytica’, a Bangladeshi English-language blog on politics, Joy wrote, the total six-day blockade and hartal called by BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and their allies from October 28 to November 6 alone caused an estimated loss of Tk 39,000 crore to the country’s economy. (Over 3.5 billion USD).
In a Facebook post, he wrote, the most affected are small traders, day laborers and the SME sector. The supply chain has been disrupted, hurting both importers and exporters in already critical economic times. Education programs for children and youth are severely disrupted.
Joy also wrote that there were at least 110 incidents of arson, mainly targeting buses and trucks. BNP and their allies are paying their thugs Rs 3,000 for every attack. The plight of the transport sector is exacerbating the crisis of livelihood. Because rents have skyrocketed due to high risk.