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Youngsters inundated with job offers after emotional FB post about tea worker mum

TBS report

August 20, 2022, 9:30 p.m.

Last modification: August 20, 2022, 9:43 PM

Representative image. Photo: Collected

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Representative image. Photo: Collected

Santosh Ravi Das from Kamalganj in Moulvibazar district, who posted a moving article about his tea-working mother, is going to get a part-time job at a public high school, said Sifat Uddin, an upazila nirbahi (UN) officer from Kamalganj.

“A part-time teaching position at the Government Model Secondary School in Kamalganj has been arranged for Santosh. Deputy Commissioner Moulvibazar will deliver the appointment letter to him on Sunday,” the UN said.

Santosh said that the UNO of Kamalganj called him on Saturday and asked him to send a request to the school principal and the chairman of the school committee.

He also said that so far five to six private companies have offered him jobs, but none have been able to confirm the date of joining. Also, while many positions were offered in sales, there were no offers for digital marketing, branding or research roles, his main areas of expertise.

“I am in dire need of a job. I posted this message to highlight the plight of all tea workers, including my mother, because if their wages do not increase they will have to starve by the time commodity prices are rising wildly,” Santosh said.

“However, I would like to ask everyone not to hijack the tea workers movement by giving me a job,” he added.

Santosh Ravi Das was born into a family of tea workers from the Fari Kanihati tea garden in Shamsernagar of Moulvibazar.

In a recent Facebook status, which has gone viral, he wrote that he lost his father six months after he was born. At that time, his mother was working in a tea garden with a daily salary of Tk 18 to lead the family. In 2007, when Santosh was in class five, his mother’s salary was Tk 88.

He got a full scholarship to study at the Camellia Duncan Foundation School.

When he was admitted to BAF Shaheen College in 2013, his mother was receiving a salary of Tk 102 per day. So she had to take out a loan from the Grameen Bank to pay school fees and buy uniforms and books.

After passing her upper secondary certificate exam, her mother had to take out another loan from the Grameen Bank to finance her admission to the University of Dhaka. Locals also helped out financially at this time.

Santosh got his graduation and post-graduation from Department of Marketing, University of Dhaka.