DHAKA, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called for taking concerted efforts in ensuring occupational health protection and safe work environment in the country.
They made the call in separate messages on the eve of 'National Occupational Health and Safety Day2019'.
The theme of the day is 'Safe Workplace: Bangladesh On The Way To Sustainable Development'.
The President, in his message, said there is no alternative to ensure utmost utilization of uptodate technology and labour resources to cope with the open market economy.
The President said it is very important to ensure developed workplace, occupational health and safety of institutional and noninstitutional workers to increase productivity for sustainable development.
Healthiness of workers and congenial work environment are closely related with productivity, he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the greatest Bangalee of all times Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had struggled throughout his life to realize the rights of workers.
He (Bangabandhu) was the true friend of workers. He had nationalized all mills and factories after the independence to ensure the rights and welfare of the workers, she added.
The Awami League led government has been implementing various massive prpgrammes to develop the living standard of workers, to ensure congenial work environment and health safety at workplace since after assuming office in 2009.
Inspired by the ideology of Bangabandhu, she mentioned a number of steps have taken by her government for welfare of the workers, including, formulating National Occupational Health and Safety Policy 2013 and Bangladesh Labour Rules 2015.
The government also made amendment to Bangladesh Labor Act2006 twice in 2006 and 2018 to ensure safe work environment and protect workers' health, she added.
Sheikh Hasina urged the owners of industries and factories, investors, managers and entrepreneurs to ensure safe work environment and health protection of workers for continuing the sustainable industrialization and increasing productivity.
The prime minister called for taking concerted efforts to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country before 2021 and developed and prosperous country by 2041.
She said regular financial support is being provided from the workers' welfare foundation for the treatment of workers and their children's higher education.
The President and the Prime Minister wished success of all programmes marking the day.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)