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Govt to meet over reopening industrial, commercial units

  • Published at 07:21 pm May 1st, 2020
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File photo of Bangladesh Secretariat Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has called a high-level inter-ministerial meeting on Sunday to decide on the matter

After a month of closure, the government is planning to open factories, industrial units, and other business entities on a limited scale soon.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has called a high-level inter-ministerial meeting on Sunday to decide on the matter.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque is expected to chair the meeting, scheduled for 12pm at the ministry's conference room at Bangladesh Secretariat.

Senior secretary of the public security division of the home ministry, and secretaries to industries, labour and employment, and commerce ministries have been asked to participate, according to a notice issued on Thursday.

Also, the inspector general of police and chief health officials of both Dhaka city corporations were invited to the meeting.

Presidents of leading chambers and associations including Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA), and Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) were also invited to attend the meeting.

According to the notice, the meeting would decide whether factories and industrial units should be opened on a limited scale amid the current coronavirus situation in the country.

The government had called for a shutdown of industries and commerce since March 26 which was extended till May 5.

On April 20, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has a plan to allow some export-oriented industries to reopen, on a limited scale, if the guidelines on health and safety are properly maintained, and protective measures are taken for their workers.

Garments in Dhaka reopened on April 26 – under certain conditions – while factories in Savar, Dhamrai, and Manikganj reopened on April 28, 29, and 30.

Till Friday, at least 8,238 people have tested positive for coronavirus infection. The virus has claimed 170 lives while 174 people recovered.

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