Less than 2pc RMG factories risky in B’desh: Tofail

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Monday said the number of risky garment factories was much lower in Bangladesh than in other countries.
According of the minister, less than 2 per cent of the country’s total garment factories are risky when the rate is higher in many other countries.
The minister was addressing the certificate giving ceremony of the three-day workshop of Economic Reporters’ Forum held at the Press Institute of Bangladesh. The ERF in association with the PIB organised the workshop for its members.
PIB director general Md Shah Alamgir chaired the programme conducted by ERF president Sultan Mahmud Badal.
The commerce minister, while responding to the reporters on the latest situation of the country’s prime export sector, said only 19 factories were found risky in a recent inspection into 2,000 factories. But, the minister noted with concern and discontent that the conspiracy was going on to destroy the country’s apparels sector.
Referring to the recent steps of the government to arrange payment of salaries and Eid bonus of the workers and the employees of Tuba Garment, Tofail said the government under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina was committed to protect the interest and improve the life of the garment workers.
He said the present government increased the minimum wages and salaries of the garment workers in two phases to help improve their living standard.
Citing the findings of a survey conducted by the UK Aid, the minister said the foreign organisation found that the garment workers in Bangladesh were being paid of Tk 7,800 a month as minimum salary with other benefits. ‘Besides, the survey report mentioned that Bangladeshi garment workers are enjoying the freedom of practicing trade union’.
Tofail also referred to the report of a foreign newspaper that put Bangladesh on the fourth position ahead of India on the scale of fast growing economies.
A total of 35 reporters from print and electronic media participated in the workshop.

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