200 factory inspectors to be appointed by March

Staff Correspondent

The government needs three more months to appoint 200 factory inspectors, labour ministry secretary Mikhail Shipar told five western ambassadors on Monday.
The government was scheduled to complete by December, the appointments, a key aspect of Bangladesh Action Plan given by the US for restoring the country’s GSP status.
The labour secretary informed the ambassadors about the progress in addressing the compliance issues at a meeting at the state guest house Padma.
Later, Shipar told reporters that he informed the envoys that the government had appointed 39 inspectors and the rest would be appointed by March.
‘Diplomats reviewed the progress made in the implementation of the Action Plan and other issues for improving factory working condition and workers’ rights in the apparel industry,’ said Shipar.
The envoys pressed for the immediate and full implementation of the Bangladesh Action Plan,’ Shipar told New Age later.
‘We informed them about the progress achieved in five months including amending the labour law,’ he said.
He said that the envoys expressed their satisfaction over the progress achieved in some issues.
But they wanted to know about some other issues in which very little progress was achieved, Mikail added.
The ambassadors wanted to know about the progress in the formulation of the regulations under the labour law, opening one hot line on factory compliance and a second hotline on trade union issues, creating publicly accessible database on all readymade garment factories, he said.
‘We assured them that all the issues in the action plan would be implemented at the earliest,’ he said.
Commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed called it a regular inter-ministerial coordination meeting for the review of implementation of the action plan.
The ambassadors of the US, the Netherlands and Sweden and the diplomats of the UK and EU were briefed by the secretaries of the ministries of labour, commerce and foreign affairs on the RMG issues.

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