Apparel Database

Nearly 1,500 factories not registered
Mohosinul Karim

The information was available in the online database opened yesterday by the government for the country’s apparel sector

Around 40% of the garments factories inspected by the government were not registered although the law makes it compulsory.

The information was available in the online database opened yesterday by the government for the country’s apparel sector.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Mojibul Haque Chunnu launched the site, www.dife.gov.bd, which will be administered by the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments.

The department conducted the inspections in recent time to 3,497 garments factories.

“We have prepared and opened the website to fulfill the US condition for having GSP back,” said the state minister.

The database preparation received supports from International Labour Organisation (ILO), owners and workers’ leaders.

The data will be updated as necessary, said the state minister for labour while making data of inspected factories public at his office in Dhaka. 

The department’s inspection teams included officials from labour and employment ministry, department of inspection for factories and establishments, fire service and other stakeholders.

The names of the factories, names of top brass, registration status, BGMEA membership, factory locations, product types and numbers and gender of workers are given in the database.

But the site lacks detailed information about most of the registered factories. However, information about the unregistered factories have also been included.

“A huge number of the garment factories are not registered though it is mandatory for operation,” said Mojibul Haque Chunnu.

“Due to lack of manpower, we cannot do adequate monitoring and many factories are getting chance to run without registration.”  

He said the ministry already sent letters to the garment owners to complete their registration. “The factories have been warned of tough actions if they do not follow the directive and ensure safety of workers.”

Meanwhile, the process of appointing 67 non-cadre first class inspection officials from BCS candidates is already completed.

The officials would be appointed in a week. Presiden Abdul Hamid is expected to approve the amended recruitment rules of the department on Sunday next. 

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