Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that arrest of the company owners, who have been allegedly held responsible for the Rupganj fire incident, is a warning for other factory owners.
“The government has taken quick actions over the Rupganj fire incident. It is a warning for those who are doing business keeping their employees at risk,” he said.Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a Covid-19 protective gears distribution ceremony arranged by AL relief and social welfare sub-committee at the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue joining it virtually from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.
The minister came up with the remark as eight persons, including owner of Hashem Foods factory in Narayanganj, were arrested in connection with the devastating fire that left at least 52 workers dead.
In reply to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s comment that AL is responsible for Rupganj incident, Quader said Mirza Fakhrul might hold the AL responsible any day in future if someone is killed by thunderbolt.
Quader called upon all irrespective of party affiliations to stand by the distressed and working class people during the coronavirus crisis.
He said though the opposition parties are criticizing the government, they do not stand by the people.
No other political parties except AL stay beside the people as AL is the only political party which is extending cooperation to the poor and working class people from villages to the capital during the pandemic.About oxygen and vaccines, the minister said there is no crisis of oxygen in the country now and there will be no crisis of vaccines for Covid-19 in the days to come. People’s negligence, unawareness and indifference in maintaining health guidelines are major problems and the scenario is similar from villages to towns and cities, he said.
Mentioning that the infection rate is rising due to carelessness, he urged the people to wear facemasks properly while going out of home for own safety.
AL presidium member Matia Chowdhury chaired the programme while another presidium member Abdur Rahman, organizing secretary Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, relief and social welfare secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, heath secretary Rokeya Sultana, Dhaka City South AL president Abu Ahmed Mannafi and general secretary Humayun Kabir, among others, addressed.