• Thai opposition protesters target government offices
  • US to 'work with' Hasina
  • Egypt votes on new charter as army chief eyes presidency
  • 29 crude bombs recovered from city’s Rampura
  • Miladunnabi being observed
  • Japan logs record current account deficit
  • Cotton factory gutted in Patuakhali
  • 3 killed in city road accident
  • Jamaat activist killed in ‘gunfight’ in Satkhira
  • Chinese military ordered to buy locally-made vehicles
  • PM pays homage to Liberation War martyrs
  • 8 Jamaat-Shibir activists held in Ctg
  • BNP front organization leader killed in Savar
  • JP to ask for deputy speaker post
  • Over 200 South Sudan civilians drown in ferry accident
  • Khaleda addresses media Wednesday
  • BSF frees Bangladeshi cattle trader
  • Ershad ‘thanks’ Hasina
HOME  BUSINESS
  
Print Friendly and PDF

RMG FACTORY INSPECTION

Teams detect structural flaws in some units

Moinul Haque

The government-assigned inspection teams have found structural and electrical flaws in some readymade garment units during their fire and workplace safety assessment in 110 factories, people involved with the process told New Age.
The teams are yet to spot any major fault, they said.
The government in association with the International Labour Organisation inspected the RMG factories under the National Tripartite Committee’s action plan for fire safety and structural integrity in the RMG sector.
The government and the ILO targeted to inspect 200 factories in two months by January 15. They will inspect around 2,000 RMG units under the action plan.
‘A total of 110 factories have so far been inspected and it would not be possible to achieve the target of inspecting 200 factories by January 15 as political unrest has hampered the inspection activities,’ labour secretary Mikail Shipar told New Age on Monday.
During the inspection the teams have found flaws in structural designs and fire safety measures of some factories, but the flaws are not very major ones, he said.
The inspection teams have recently submitted their reports on the inspection done so far to experts at the ILO, Mikail said.
He also said that the NTC would hold a meeting soon and all parties — the government, ILO, owners and worker leaders — would review the inspection reports.
An expert at the inspection team, Mehedi Ahsan Ansary, also a professor at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, said that the inspection was going on.
He, however, did not disclose anything about the reports.
Mehedi said that though the NTC targeted to complete the inspection to 200 RMG factories by January 15, it would miss the target as inspection work was hindered by political unrest.
The government on November 15 started inspection to the factories which are not on the inspection lists published by EU Accord and North American Alliance.
The three-and-a-half year initiative ‘improving working conditions in the readymade garment sector’ was developed in collaboration with the government, employers’ and workers’ representatives in response to a number of disasters in the sector, including the Rana Plaza building collapse in April last year which killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers.
On October 22, the government and the ILO launched a $24.21 million initiative — including a new Better Work programme — with an aim to improving working conditions in the RMG industry in Bangladesh.
Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh formed by European Union retailers and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative formed by North American retailers will separately inspect the factories that manufacture products for their members.
Accord published a list of around 1,600 factories while Alliance a list of around 620 apparel units for inspection.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

Teams detect structural flaws in some units

The government-assigned inspection teams have found structural and electrical flaws in some readymade garment units during their fire and workplace safety assessment in 110 factories, people... Full story

Revenue collection falls Tk 8,509cr short of target in H1

Container trucks are parked on a road at Tajgaon in Dhaka on January 5. Finance minister AMA Muhith on Monday said the government would revise the revenue collection target set for the current fiscal year by this month as the NBR fell short of target by Tk 8,509.69 crore in the first half of the FY14. — New Age photo
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Monday said the government would revise the revenue collection target set for the current fiscal year by this month as the National Board of Revenue fell short of target by Tk 8,509.69... Full story

Muhith relishes his performance

AMA Muhith who was sworn in on Sunday as the finance minister again on Monday said he had discharged his duties with pleasure in the last five years although the country’s intelligentsia often... Full story

DSEX hits highest value since its launch a year ago

Dhaka stocks advanced for the fifth trading session on Monday with the key index of the bourse hitting the highest value since its launch a year ago as investors are anticipating further rise in share prices as the Awami League-led... Full story

Umrah service agents can give up to 1 lakh SAR guarantee without BB nod

Bangladesh Bank on Monday said local Umrah service agents will not require to take prior approval from the central bank to provide guarantee up to 1,00,000 Saudi Riyal to their counterpart agents in Saudi Arabia. Full story

3 more new banks to be PDs of govt securities from Feb 1

Three more newly-established commercial banks will be enlisted with the central bank as primary dealers of the government securities from February 1, said Bangladesh Bank officials. The three banks are NRB... Full story

BSEC provides checklist for banks, listed cos

Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission as the implementing authority of Corporate Governance Guideline has provided a checklist for banks and listed companies to get independent directors’ information. Full story

Portugal, Greece, Latvia highlight eurozone deflation risk

Consumer prices rose by an average of 0.3 per cent in 2013 in Portugal and fell by 0.9 per cent in Greece, according to data released Monday, showing the risk of deflation in the eurozone periphery remains real. Full story

BRAC EPL teams up with DEFTA to set up venture capital firm

BRAC EPL Investments and Silicon Valley-based Japanese venture capital firm DEFTA PARTNERS have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint venture in Bangladesh for equity-related investment. Full story

India’s Tata launches new Nano with power steering

India’s struggling Tata Nano, launched in 2009 as the world’s cheapest car, unveiled a new, pricier variant of the jelly-bean shaped car on Monday featuring power-steering in a bid to boost flagging sales. Full story

India retail inflation eases in Dec

India’s retail inflation in December eased to a three-month low as vegetable prices fell, giving some relief to policymakers struggling to contain price pressures as growth hovers at a decade low. Retail prices rose an... Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader