• Thursday, Sep 16, 2021
  • Last Update : 09:05 pm

OP-ED: Holding our regulatory bodies accountable

  • Published at 09:20 am July 26th, 2021
Narayanganj fire
Reuters

It is their job to ensure that all factories in Bangladesh are safe for workers

It is extremely frustrating to learn that, as per reports, the activities of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) under the Ministry of Labour and Employment are barely visible, despite widespread reports of poor working conditions at local factories.

It is the DIFE that is supposed to approve factory layouts, address labour complaints, investigate occupational accidents, and ensure a decent working environment at all factories and workplaces; from the incessant catastrophes that we continue to see in our factories, it is safe to say that the DIFE have not been doing its job properly. 

Just earlier this month, we saw a fire at Narayanganj killing over 50 people, deaths that were entirely avoidable had the minimal safety standards been in place. 

While the owners of these factories in no way deserve to be let off the hook for their negligence and disregard, the DIFE must also be held accountable, for it is their job to ensure that all factories in Bangladesh are safe for workers. 

However, this is where the government too must also step in, as too often, regulatory bodies such as DIFE are simply not empowered or, when they are, not held accountable, and the existing laws are manipulated by factory owners, using their power, wealth, and connections to bypass them. 

It is only when we encourage a culture of accountability and adopt a zero tolerance approach to such callous behavior from factory owners will we see any progress made with regard to factory safety.

81
Facebook 80
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail