The government has taken up the step to resume operation of seven Jute Mills of Khulna under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
To rejuvenate the Jute sector and to make a permanent solution of the prevailing situation of the State-owned jute mills of the country, all the working labourers of the mills will be retrenched through Golden Handshake and then the mills will resume operation under the PPP.
Khulna District Administration arranged a press conference in this connection at the Circuit House on Monday where Talukder Abdul Khaleque, Mayor of KCC attended as the chief guest.
Presided over by Helal Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Khulna, the press conference was attended and addressed, among others, by Sarder Rakibul Islam, Additional Commissioner of Police of KMP, Yousuf Ali, Additional Deputy Magistrate, SM Nazrul Islam, President of Khulna Press club and Munshi Mahboob Alam Sohag, President of KUJ.
KCC Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very sympathetic about the labourers. Considering the situation of the labourers, the government has so far paid a subsidy of Taka 10,000 crore in the state-owned jute mills sector.
He added the mills will start to reoperate under PPP after modernising of those. Such a decision of the government will save the mills from being closed and the labourers of being unemployed since the labourers of the mills will be employed locally.
Deputy Commissioner Helal Hossain informed, according to Labour Law, the labourers of the mills will be notified two months ago and all the arrears salaries of the labourers will be paid in phases.
He added each labourer will get around Taka 12 lakh 50 thousand to 54 lakh after they are retrenched from their jobs and the efficient labourers of the mills will get priority to be provided in jobs after the mills resume operation under PPP.