The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has handed over a cheque of Tk 1 crore in grants to rehabilitate the traders who have faced damages in the recent devastating fire at Bangabazar clothing market in Dhaka.
The chamber's President Md. Jashim Uddin handed over the cheque to the BangaBazar Complex Dokan Malik Samity at the FBCCI Icon, Dhaka on Saturday.
Jashim Uddin, also the new SAARC Chamber President said, "We are handing over this check today as per our commitment. I think all capable businessmen should stand by small businesses in various natural calamities and fire incidents”.
Jashim Uddin said businessmen must follow compliance. However, blame should not be put on the businessmen only, but all those concerned should be brought under question, including the companies that issue licenses for commercial buildings and factories.
To avoid such accidents in the future, the FBCCI president urged the government to take steps to build permanent and modern buildings for the affected traders, he said.
The FBCCI head also urged the business leaders and market committees to be aware of the risky markets and to do the necessary reforms.
FBCCI is working with the government to ensure fire safety in factories in the country, he said, "We have formed the Fire Safety Council to increase the awareness about fire safety in the private sector."
He directed Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity and FBCCI Fire Safety Council to work together to ensure fire safety in shops and shopping malls.
FBCCI Senior Vice President Mostofa Azad Chowdhury Babu said that the fire service unit has marked the Bangabazar as risky and warned several times, but the matter has not been given importance by the market committee.
He urged everyone to be more responsible instead of blaming the government.
Bangladesh Dokan Malik Samity President Helal Uddin said that the existing markets in the capital are being inspected. If any type of risk is noticed, they will be warned as well as instructions will be given to reform them within the stipulated time.
FBCCI Vice President Md Amin Helaly, Md Habib Ullah Dawn, Directors, Secretary General Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, Head of the FBCCI Safety Council Brigadier General Abu Nayeem Md. Shahidullah (Retd.), President and Secretary of Bangbazar Complex Dokan Malik Somity, and other business leaders were present at the program.