Activists of Bangladesh Jubo Maitree yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club to press home their nine-point demand, including removal of the health minister.
Speakers at the programme said corruption was going hand in hand with Covid-19 and a tyranny of syndicates has become visible in all sectors of the country. If the reins of corruption and syndicates are not pulled now, danger is imminent.
They also said rape, violence against women have become a daily occurrence and culture of teen gangs have emerged in society. These need to be stopped immediately, otherwise social unrest will intensify and the consequences will be terrible, they added.
Leaders of the youth wing of left-leaning Workers Party of Bangladesh said the health minister cannot deny his responsibility for the corruption in health sector and he should be removed from his post for his failure.
Other demands of the group include increasing number of coronavirus testing and ensuring free-of-cost vaccine for all, introducing unemployment allowance and rationing for those who became jobless during the pandemic, bringing all those involved with the corruption in health sector under trial, caution money and interest-free loan for young farmers and small entrepreneurs, and reducing call rates, and data charge of mobile operators and prices of android phones to half.