Ministry for quick appointment of labour inspectors
Hopeful for GSP retention by DecemberStaff Correspondent
Commerce ministry on Thursday stressed on going faster in appointment of at least 200 labour inspectors by December for retaining GSP status for Bangladeshi products in the U.S. market, officials said.
The ministry at a meeting on the day reviewed the implementation progress of actions taken by the government based on the action plan set by U.S. in order to restore generalised system of preferences facility in its market and found slow headway in appointment of labour inspectors, they said.
Commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed, however, expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the government agencies in implementation of action plan and hoped that the government would be able to make substantial progress in this regard by December.
‘We have reviewed the progress and found remarkable development,’ he said after the meeting held at his office.
The U.S. government has set a time-limit of December for implementation of some actions and some do not have such time-limit, he said adding that everything is going on the track.
‘We are not lagging behind in execution of any actions and hopeful for retention of GSP facility in the U.S. market,’ he said.
The ministry officials, however, said that the progress in appointing 200 labour inspectors and inspectors for readymade garment factories for ensuring fire and building safety—the two major conditions provided by the U.S. government for restoring the GSP status was going slow.
The public administration ministry on August 23 approved a proposal to upgrade the Department of Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishment into a directorate along with appointment of 800 inspectors.
Commerce ministry officials said that the process of appointing inspectors remained slow though the government earlier decided to complete appointment process of 200 inspectors by December.
There is not visible progress in appointment of 32 inspectors under Chittagong Development Authority, they said.
Proposal of appointing 260 inspectors and setting up seven fire stations in areas where many garment factories are situated also remained undecided at public administration ministry.
Labour ministry officials said that they requested International Labour Organisation for arranging training programmes for workers and leaders on trade union to avoid misuse of trade union facility as the government has already approved 69 trade unions.
The government also formulated a technical committee to recommend amendment of laws and rules increasing fine and punishment for ensuring workers welfare and workplace safety.
Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque, labour secretary Mikail Shipar, representatives from home ministry, housing and public works ministry, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Export Promotion Bureau, among others, attended the meeting.
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