All EPZs to have female dorms

Foreign investors, workers allowed to buy liquor items at 15pc commission rate

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

The government has decided to build dormitories for female workers in all export processing zones.
The decision was made in a meeting of the board of governors of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority at Prime Minister’s Office in the capital on Wednesday.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also the chairperson of the BEPZA, presided over the meeting.
The government will provide financial support from its Housing Fund for constructing the female dormitories, PM’s press secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury told reporters after the meeting.
Members of the board finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, shipping minister Shajahan Khan, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, planning minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, Board of Investment chairman SA Samad, state minister for labour and employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu, state minister for home Asaduzzaman Khan, state minister for power Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh Bank governor Atiur Rahman, National Board of Revenue chairman Nojibur Rahman, Board of Investment executive chairman Major General Habibur Rahman Khan were present, among others.
The meeting decided to allow foreign investors and workers to purchase some selected liquor items and goods from local market at only 15 per cent commission rate and issue a passbook for each user to keep its record.
It decided to give exemption to the BEPZA from payment of union holding tax while establishing EPZ in the rural areas. It also decided to allow the land of second unit of Adamjee Jute Mills area to investors and give priority to the jute processing and jute goods producing companies.
The prime minister asked the officials to construct multi-storey buildings to rehabilitate the non-Bangladeshi Bihari families living on that land. Of 1,407 families of Biharis living on that land, 200 have so far been rehabilitated in 20 barracks.
The Bihari families, many of them are third generation, will get employment opportunities in that EPZ, Hasina said.

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