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Government mulls forming separate agency to strengthen factory inspections

If set up, the new agency will likely comprise all parties concerned to ensure safety in factories across Bangladesh, says Salman F Rahman

Update : 16 Jul 2021, 05:14 PM

The government is considering setting up a separate agency as per the recommendation of the national committee to ensure safety in factories and industries across the country.

The new agency is likely to be formed comprising all parties concerned to ensure fire, building structure and environmental compliance of all industrial plants in the country.

Prime Minister's Private Sector Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman disclosed the matter at a virtual press conference Friday.

The government has formed a 24-member committee led by Salman F Rahman to ensure compliance in the country's factories and commercial establishments.

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The virtual press conference was organized to inform about the activities of that committee.

Salman F Rahman said the committee has been formed in compliance with the decision of the prime minister and it will submit a report soon after reviewing the current labour situation and legal issues of the factories in the country.

Further initiatives will be taken on the basis of that, he added.

He said though the fire at the factory of Hashem Foods in Narayanganj did not directly affect global image, but there is an indirect impact.

Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment KM Abdus Salam, Executive Chairman of the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (Bida) Sirazul Islam and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) President Md Jashim Uddin, among others, spoke at the press conference.

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