Shop-owners across the country have threatened to shut all the kitchen markets as well as shops if the prevailing hartal-blockade continues.
They made the warning from a human chain staged by Bangladesh Shop Owners Association in front of the National Press Club in the city on Monday.
The shop owners also urged the political leaders to stop violence and create a business-friendly environment for them, banglanews24 reports.
Addressing the human chain, association chairman SA Quader Kiron said, “We are peace loving businesspeople. We are paying the price of the ongoing political unrest.”
He added: “We have gone broke in last one month’s hartal and blockade.”
“If the situation of the country does not become normal, if the political parties do not sit for a solution then we will not have any option but shutting down kitchen markets and shops,” he said.
He further said that the shop owners fear to open their shops because a petrol bomb attack can ruin one’s shop in a twinkling of eye.
The association chief also demanded the government to provide compensation for the affected shop owners and ensure security for them to run their business smoothly.
He said, “We will go for further rigorous program if the political parties do not find a solution.”
Bangladesh Shop Owners Association secretary general Shah Alam Khandaker said the ongoing political crisis has brought a great loss for the businesspeople.
He also said that there are some 25 lakh shops in the country. Around Tk 3,000-crore transaction is made everyday in the shops in normalcy.
However, as the transaction has slid in an inferior way, the shop owners are facing immense sufferings to run their business, he added.
The other speakers of the program demanded the government that as they are becoming bankrupts the interest rate against the bank loan should be minimized to single digit.