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Businesses request for end to disruptive hartal

Update : 24 Apr 2013, 07:09 AM

Textiles and apparel industry leaders yesterday renewed their request to political parties to refrain from enforcing hartals for the sake of the economy.

“Relieve us of hartal… You’re not seeing our internal bleeding,” said M Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

“It seems the industry is being strangulated to death,” he told a joint press conference at BGMEA conference room, expressing frustration amid 36-hour strike across the country.

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA) and BGMEA jointly arranged the press conference. BKMEA President AKM Selim Osman and BTMA President Jahangir Alamin were present.

They claimed that a one-day hartal hampers production worth about Tk20m and export orders worth $2.565m have been cancelled while the amount of discount on the export was $1.13m. The air shipment amount was Tk3m and the shipment worth $9.3m got delayed due to the hartal.

Atiqul Islam urged the political parties to resolve the political crisis politically as soon as possible for saving the highest export-earning sector of Bangladesh.

“We can’t come down to the streets. We had talks with the prime minister and we’ll meet the opposition leader too,” said the BKMEA president, replying to a question.

BTMA President Jahangir Alamin said: “Political leaders will have to find out the mechanism to resolve their crisis politically. And it’ll have to be done very quickly.”

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