Govt urged to allow export-oriented factories to run during lockdown

Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) Director Syed Nurul Islam on Saturday urged the government to allow the factories in textiles, garments and accessories sectors to run strictly maintaining health guidelines during the lockdown.

Islam, also a director of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), said such decision to keep factories operational during lockdown will help the export-oriented sector of the country continue their struggle to sustain amid the Covid-19 situation.

Otherwise, he said, the government’s stimulus package or support will go in vain.

The Chairman and CEO of Well Group of Industries made the request in a message sent to media on Saturday.

He said if the factories are allowed to operate with strict health guidelines in place, over five million of male and female workers will be able to survive.

The government has decided to put the country under a strict lockdown for a week from April 14 amid a growing number of Covid-19 cases.

Seventy-seven people died from Covid-19 during 24 hours (till 8am Saturday), according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

This is the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19 recorded in a day so far in the country while the number of daily deaths on April 8 was 74.

Source: United News of Bangladesh