State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu set an ultimatum for RMG factory owners to complete their renovation works on infrastructure, electricity and fire safety by December next.At present, most of the readymade garment (RMG) factories are undergoing through renovation of their establishments under National Tripartite Action Plan (NTAP).
State minister said, “I humbly ask you (RMG owners) to complete the renovation works by December this year. Otherwise, the factories would be shut down.”
Coming down hard on RMG owners he said, “Platform of European buyers, Accord behaved rudely with owner of RMG but we don’t want to behave in the same manner.
“If you want to continue your business you must have to complete the work. Otherwise, tougher stance would be taken from January next as we have no alternative opens,” he added.
The state minister went tough while speaking at a view-exchange meeting with owners of ready made garments under NTAP at BGMEA office at Karwanbazar.
Secretary, Afroza Khan, additional secretary Khondokar Mostan Hossain, Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Md. Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan and BGMEA President Md. Siddiqur Rahman were present at the programme.Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments informed the programme that out of 1,549 factories under NTAP 755 are active and rest 573 is shut down. 79 factories are relocated from rented house to owned house while 130 factories have joined Accord and Alliance.
According to latest investigation, factories under Accord and Alliance have progressed significantly to complete the renovation but those under NTAP have lagged far behind.