PM announces Tk 5,000 cr in virus fund for workers' wage

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25th March, 2020 10:17:46 printer

PM announces Tk 5,000 cr in virus fund for workers' wage

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a Taka five thousand crore package for workers employed in the export industries to help factory owners to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.

The premier made this announcement while addressing the nation on the occasion of Independence and National Day 2020.

“Our production and exports can be impacted. Therefore, we took some emergency measures,” said Hasina.

The fund can be used only for paying wages and allowances to the workers and other employees, the prime minister in her televised address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day.

Bangladesh Bank already took some business-friendly initiatives, including the decision not to declare any customer a loan defaulter until June, she said.

“Many people became unemployed because of the coronavirus epidemic. We need to stand beside them. Members of the lower income groups will receive assistance in their own villages under the programme ‘Ghore Fera’. Homeless and landless people will get free housing, food for six months and cash incentive,” Hasina said.