Rana Plaza victim families want proper compensation

Staff Correspondent

Families of the victims of Rana Plaza collapse at sit-in in front of the National Press Club on Friday demanded exemplary punishment of people responsible for the disaster and proper compensations for victim families.
The nine-storey Rana Plaza at Savar that housed five apparel factories and a market collapsed on April 24, 2013, leaving more than 1,100 people, mostly apparel workers, killed and scores maimed.
Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati, an apparel worker organisation,
organised the sit-in in front of the National Press Club which was also addressed by families of the Rana Plaza victims.
The families of the people killed, missing and injured attended the programme.
Mother of Shahida Begum, who was killed in the collapse, said that they were facing police threats when they demanded proper compensations.
Like her, many of the victim families alleged that they were not compensated properly.
Garments Sramik Sanghati coordinator Taslima Akhter called on the government to disburse the money which was accumulated in the prime minister’s fund for the families of the Rana Plaza victims.
She called on the government, the owners of apparel factories that were housed in the collapsed building and the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders to take steps to compensate the victim families properly.
She demanded exemplary punishments of the people responsible for the collapse.
The rally was also addressed, among others, by the organisation leaders Dipak Roy, Minhazul Haque Nahid, Anjan Das and Abu Shama.
They said that after sixteen month of the tragedy, workers who were maimed and wounded and lost their ability to work, and the families of the workers killed were now starving in absence of proper compensation.
Many of the Rana Plaza victims are yet to be compensated, they said.
Rana Plaza Coordination Committee, a body of representatives of global trade unions, retailers, government and factory owners, in April formally started distributing compensation from a fund of donors’ among families of the deceased, injured workers and survivors of the building collapse.
The coordination committee, made payment to about 580 workers and each were provided with Tk 50,000.
The number of total beneficiaries of the fund, created to accumulate compensation mainly from the retailers, is 3,059.
It had been said that Tk 50,000 would be considered as advance payment for the injured and deceased workers and the amount will be deducted from the total amount of compensation which would be fixed as per the ILO convention.
According to ILO convention, each worker or victim family would get at least Tk 20 lakh in compensation.

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  1. Families of the Rana Plaza victims gathered in the press club to demand proper punishment of the people who were responsible for the falling down of Rana Plaza and also demanded from the government to pay them compensation from the Prime Minister’s fund. They also said that Rana Plaza co-ordination committee who made payment to 580 workers each Tk. 50,000 had said that they will be paid more which stands at least Tk. 20 lakh per person have not paid them anything as yet and they want that money to be paid to them immediately. Well we don’t know how far it is true but hope that government would do something to appease the relatives of the workers.

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