PM announces Tk 5,000cr for payment of factory workers
Published : Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 at 8:54 PM Count : 437
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday announced a Tk 5,000 crore incentive package for export-oriented industries in the wake of deadly coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The money will be used for providing the salaries and wages of workers and employees only, she said.
She announced the incentive package while addressing the nation in the evening on the occasion of the Independence and National Day 2020.
Bangladesh has so far confirmed 27 cases after testing 794 people. Five people have so far died while seven others recovered.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that there might be a blow to industrial production and export, and mentioned that the government has taken some measures for this emergency period.
Besides, she said, the Bangladesh Bank has already taken some pro-business steps. The central bank will not announce any customer as loan defaulter till June next.
Terming the fight against coronavirus a "war," she urged people to stay at homes to discharge their responsibilities at this critical time.
"We won in 1971 against our enemy by standing shoulder to shoulder. Fighting coronavirus is also a war [and] in this war, your responsibility is to stay home. Inshallah, we'll win the war with everyone's efforts," she said.
Hasina mentioned that the time frame for export earnings has been increased to six months from the existing two months. Likewise, the import payment has been increased to six months from four months.
She also said the limit of mobile banking has been increased, the payment of power, water and gas bills have been extended to June without any fine or surcharge and the payment of instalment of the NGOs has been suspended.
"The whole world is now going through uncertainty, but our government is ready to face any kind of tough situation. We're the government of the people, we're always with the people. I'm keeping my eyes on the situation," she said.
State-owned Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television simultaneously broadcast the Prime Minister’s address. Private television channels and radio stations also aired the Prime Minister's speech.
She asked the people of the country to strictly follow the health instructions to fight against coronavirus and avoid public gatherings.