Working environment should have to be improved to operate factories: Salman F Rahman – 29 Mar 2022

Working Environment of Bangladesh: DHAKA, March 29, 2022 – Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman today said that there has been a marked improvement in the working environment of most of the country’s industries including RMG and pharmaceuticals.

 

Working environment should have to be improved to operate factories: Salman F Rahman

 

“But, the industries depending on local buyers are lagging behind in this regard. The government is pledge-bound to ensure a safe working environment and occupational safety to the local buyer-oriented industries alongside the export-oriented industries,” he said.

Salman also said there is no alternative to improving the working environment and occupational safety of factories and industries no matter whether the size of the factory is big or small.

 

 

The Prime Minister’s Adviser said this while addressing a workshop on “Promoting Occupational Safety and Health for improving productivity” jointly organized by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) held at the FBCCI Icon in the capital.

Labour and Employment Ministry Secretary Md Ehsan-E-Elahi, Chief Technical Advisor at ILO George Faller, and acting president of FBCCI Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu spoke, among others, on the occasion.

Mentioning that the present Awami League government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is pledge-bound to ensure occupational safety in all sorts of industries and factories in the country, Salman said following the fire incident at a juice factory in Narayanganj, a committee was formed after the Prime Minister gave directives in this regard.

He said the jurisdiction of this committee is to identify the existing problems to improve the working environment and occupational safety in the factories and industries and also giving efforts to improve the conditions of those.

 

 

Salman said the committee has so far visited some 5,200 factories and would inspect all the factories.

He opined that the export-oriented industries are becoming compliant following the pressure being given by the foreign buyers. At the same time, the local buyers would have to keep the product producing factories under pressure.

The adviser said no product can be purchased from a factory which is not compliant. “If such awareness is created, then the local buyer-oriented industries will be compliant like the export-oriented ones,”

He noted that after the Rana Plaza building collapse and the Tazreen Fashion fire incident, there has been significant improvement in the occupational safety of RMG factories. “With such improvement, the productivity of the factories has also increased. Hopefully, the productivity of the local buyer-oriented factories will increase, if those become compliant,” he added.

 

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The adviser also said that the government has been putting emphasis on technical education in order to build skilled manpower in line with the demand for the local industries and factories.

 

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