Govt has no plan to close state-owned sugar mills: Humayun

Staff Correspondent

28 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The ministry of industries has no plan to close state-owned sugar mills or lay off workers, said the Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun on Sunday.

He said this at a virtual meeting while reviewing the implementation progress of projects included in the Ministry of Industries’ Annual Development Program (ADP) for the fiscal year 2020-2021, said a press release.

State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Mojumder attended the meeting as special guest while Industries Secretary KM Ali Azam presided over the programme.

Speaking as the chief guest, Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun said, “Initiatives have been taken to make sugar mills profitable by modernizing them and providing alternative income.”

The creation of new jobs as per the election manifesto is a political commitment of the present government, he added.

Industries Ministry has been working from the beginning with the view to implementing the projects. So there is no question of closing down any state-owned factory and making the workers jobless, said the Industries Minister.

In order to create new jobs in these factories, old machineries are being replaced by modern machinery and trained manpower is being strengthened, he added.

Through this, efforts are being made to make the state-owned corporations, including the sugar mills under the Ministry of Industry, profitable, the minister stated.

Speaking as the special guest, Kamal Ahmed Mojumder said that the fertilizers stored in the warehouses under Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) must be properly stored, managed and distributed.

The state minister warned the distributors that no corruption or irregularities will be accepted in the distribution of fertilizers including underweight.

He also gave strict instructions to keep proper records of import, production and distribution of fertilizers.

Without the permission of the Ministry of Industries, additional manpower and unnecessary promotions cannot be given in the factories of the corporation under it, he added.

Directors of various projects, senior officials of the ministry and heads of various agencies and corporations under the ministry, among others, were also present on the occasion.