Sunday, April 11, 2021

Barisal's export-oriented industrialists are worried about severe lockdown

The owners of 100 per cent export-oriented industries in Barisal are worried after the decision of strict lockdown to prevent corona infection. They say that if the factories are brought under lockdown and shut down, on the one hand, the export-oriented industries will suffer losses, and on the other hand, the workers working in these industries will have the opportunity to go to their homes and move freely. This could lead to further deterioration of the Coronavirus situation. Therefore, they have demanded to reconsider whether the industry can be kept free from this lockdown.

It has been on the rise every day since the start of the second wave of coronavirus infections in the country. In view of this, the government has decided to impose a strict lockdown across the country for one week from April 14. The factory will also be closed. However, the factory has been open since April 5 for the first time due to government restrictions. 

Owners of export-oriented industries in Barisal say that these factories will be shut down if they are brought under lockdown. As a result, millions of workers will go to their relatives at home and move out without any hesitation. This is likely to worsen the situation in Coronavirus.

Mizanur Rahman, chairman of Fortune Suz Limited, a 100% export-oriented industry, said Barisal BC has about five and a half thousand workers working in its five factories, who work in the factory from morning to night following hygiene rules and do not get a chance to go out if they want to. As a result, there is no risk of coronavirus infection in factory workers. But when the factory closes, they will go home and move around smoothly. The situation may be the opposite.

Mizanur Rahman said that he experienced such an experience during the first wave of corona lockdown last year. "Last year, more than 700 workers of our factory went home and contracted fever during the general holiday." He said workers at all BSCIC factories were still free of any symptoms of coronavirus. But when the factory closes in lockdown, they will move out. Many people can be infected with the deadly virus.

Amanur Rahman, managing director of another company called MJ of BSCIC, said that in previous experience, all the workers went to their hometowns and villages on lockdown leave, which was more risky for the workers. He said if the factory was closed in the lockdown, the workers would not be able to return to the factory after reopening if it was damaged. This will put both the factory and the workers in financial crisis.

BSCIC industrialists say the lockdown will reduce industrial production. This will hurt them, which can have a huge negative impact on export earnings. Owners of Barisal's export-oriented industries may have to count a loss of around Tk 10 crore in the seven-day lockdown.


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