Sunday, April 11, 2021

Industrial factories will remain open in Lockdown

The government had planned to shut down everything except emergency services in a strict lockdown from next Wednesday to control coronavirus infection. However, the owners of the garment industry are obstructed. They claim that Bangladesh will lose the purchase order if the factory is closed. Apart from that, if the workers go to their village homes on holiday, the infection will spread further. In such a situation, the government is actively thinking about keeping the industrial plant open in lockdown.

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam at 3 pm on Sunday. FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim, BGMEA Acting President Mohammad Abdus Salam and newly elected President Faruk Hasan, Knit Garment Owners Association BKMEA Vice President Mohammad Hatem, Textile Owners Association BTMA President Mohammad Ali and others took part in it.

After the meeting, Mohammad Hatem, vice-president of BKMEA, an association of knitwear owners, told, "Even if there is a complete lockdown from April 14, the factory will continue." The cabinet secretary has confirmed to us. He added, 'Everything will be closed except the industrial factories in the lockdown. The movement of people will be strictly controlled. In addition, the bank may be closed. There will be problems in import and export. The cabinet secretary also assured to take action after understanding the situation.

However, the government has not yet issued a notification in this regard. BKMEA vice-president Mohammad Hatem said the notification may be issued today or tomorrow, Monday.

Earlier in the day, four garment organizations BGMEA, BKMEA, BTMEA and EAB demanded that the garment and textile factories be kept open in Lockdown this afternoon.


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