Owners appeal again for reopening factories amid lockdown

Published : 29 Jul 2021 09:25 PM

The factory owners have again requested the government to reopen the factories amid the ongoing restrictions. They made the request after meeting Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at the Secretariat on Thursday.

The information was provided to the media by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan and Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Md Jashim Uddin. 

Faruque Hassan said, “We came to meet the Cabinet Secretary. We have requested to keep the factories and industries out of the purview of the ongoing lockdown”. He further said, “The Cabinet Secretary has assured us that he would talk to the Prime Minister regarding the issue and take a quick decision.” The BGMEA president also said that the vaccination programme for workers started from July 18. More than 30,000 workers have been vaccinated so far.  

“Those who live near the factory feel safe to get vaccinated. However, they don’t want to get vaccinated while living in the village”, he added. FBCCI President said, “The problem is that the supply chain is breaking down due to the closure of garment factories. So we think the industries need to be reopened. We are competing with many international countries. If we put everything off during the lockdown, there is a risk of losing the market”.