Garments likely to remain open during lockdown
Published : Sunday, 11 April, 2021 at 9:41 PM Count : 260
The government has decided to shut down everything, except emergency services, during the strict lockdown that starts from Wednesday, to contain the spread of coronavirus.
However, the export-oriented readymade garment factory owners said if their factories were forced to shut down, Bangladesh would lose work orders worth millions of dollar.
Besides, they said if the garment workers started leaving for their homes, it would trigger spreading of coronavirus further.
In such a situation, the government is actively considering to allow the garment factories keep open during the lockdown.
A virtual meeting chaired by cabinet division secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam was held on Sunday afternoon. The meeting was also joined by FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim, BGMEA acting president Mohammad Abdus Salam, newly-elected president of the BGMEA Faruque Hasan, vice president of the BKMEA Mohammad Hatem, BTMEA president Mohammad Ali and others.
After the meeting, BKMEA vice-president Mohammad Hatem said though there would be a complete lockdown from Wednesday, mills and factories will continue to operate. "The Cabinet Division secretary assured us of it."
He said except industries, everything would remain closed during the lockdown. People's movement would strictly be restricted. Banks may remain closed. This will be a problem for importers and exporters. The Cabinet Secretary assured us that they would also decide on this matter in context of the prevailing situation."
The government, however, has not issued any circular in this regard as yet. A circular may be issued on Sunday or Monday, the BKMEA vice president also said.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, BGMEA, BKMEA, BTMEA and EAB leaders demanded that the garment and textile factories remain open during the lockdown.