Vol. 5 Num 652 Wed. March 29, 2006  
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BGMEA starts crash programmeto check factory accidents

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday launched a crash programme to prevent industrial accidents, particularly fire incidents, which tarnished the image of the industry.

"The readymade garment industry is now in a vulnerable situation," BGMEA President Tipu Munshi said while inaugurating the programme at the BGMEA office.

"Successful implementation of the programme will help revive the image of the industry," he hoped, calling upon the entrepreneurs to help implement the programme.

The apex trade body of the apparel industry took up the crash programme immediately after the fire at KTS Textile Industries (Pvt) Limited in Chittagong and formed a 40-member committee divided in 10 teams to monitor with cameras the RMG factories.

Under the programme, the BGMEA will fine a factory Tk 10,000 if it keeps its gates closed during working hours for the first time and Tk 50,000 for the second time. The BGMEA will cut all facilities to the factory if it commits the same offence for the third time.

The teams will also provide training for the mid-level management of the member factories in this regard.