Opposing the administration’s declaration of an across the country lockdown to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, an area of proprietors of readymade article of clothing (RMG) plants kept their units open the nation over yesterday, risking the lives of countless piece of clothing laborers.
Colossal quantities of RMG laborers have just joined their particular processing plants to secure their positions when the administration is attempting to spare its residents from the destructive infection.
In the interim, the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) has asked proprietors to keep their processing plants shut until April 11 to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
BGMEA President Rubana Huq decided in a sound proclamation on Saturday night in the midst of developing analysis against the BGMEA for going delicate on errant processing plant proprietors who have kept their units open.
The BGMEA boss’ request came hours after several specialists went to Dhaka from various locale to join work, starting feelings of trepidation of virus.
The BGMEA boss guaranteed the RMG laborers that they would get their wages and pay rates for March. “There ought to be no uncertainty about that,” she said.
BGMEA sources said the shutdown of piece of clothing production lines would be broadened further as the legislature expanded the lockdown till April 14.
On Saturday, the BGMEA said purchasers had so far dropped orders worth USD 3.02 billion after the coronavirus flare-up, influencing 1,104 plants and about 2.19 million laborers.
The legislature requested a shutdown everything being equal and work environments for 10 days to stem the spread of the infection from March 26.
It later expanded the shutdown, which incorporates the vehicle framework, till April 11. What’s more, presently, the shutdown will proceed till April 14.
A large number of RMG laborers, who left Dhaka following the administration’s presentation of a lockdown from March 26, began coming back to the capital.
Huge numbers of them said they dreaded losing their positions in the event that they neglect to appear for work or join their individual production lines.
As indicated by different sources, numerous RMG proprietors yesterday kept their industrial facilities open around the city, particularly in Gazipur, and Chattogram.
The service concerned said the pieces of clothing industrial facilities that have crisis requests to convey can stay open, yet the proprietors must guarantee security of the laborers from the infection.
The legislature has likewise offered a Tk. 50-billion bailout bundle with 2 percent enthusiasm for the installments of sending out segment laborer compensation.
However, numerous specialists, who had get back before the shutdown, began returning to their plants in Dhaka and different spots, for the most part by walking, as the vehicle administrations were ended, on hearing that the industrial facilities were reviving.
Rubana Huq, notwithstanding, communicated questions whether all the individuals coming back to Dhaka were pieces of clothing laborers as, she contended, the vast majority of the RMG laborers live close to the industrial facilities.
“I’ve never exposed my laborers to torment or bad form. Kindly don’t give the duty to me,” the BGMEA boss said.
“Presently, it’s the subject of our endurance. Kindly don’t make any question,” she included.
Be that as it may, internet based life clients descended vigorously on the BGMEA, saying: “The RMG proprietors have played a game to coerce the administration, which has just assumed the job of an observer while whole Bangladesh has been put in danger. Does BGMEA figure it will endure if the nation is in danger?”
The BGMEA president stated: “I genuinely demand the plant proprietors to stop creation until April 11 thinking about the general circumstance of the nation.
I likewise guarantee our laborers that they will get the pay for March. They don’t have to stress over that.” Fatema Akhter, a pieces of clothing laborer from Gazipur, stated: “I’ve to join my production line today. Or, in all likelihood I’ll lose my employment.”
In the mean time, cops have been requested to confine the progression of individuals all through Dhaka after a colossal convergence of laborers into the capital on Saturday started fears of infection in the midst of the coronavirus flare-up.