RN Desk: Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman called upon the apparel makers to pay decent wages to the garment workers so that they can lead standard lives.
“Pay wages to a level so that the workers can survive comfortably”, Atiur urged the owners side by side asking the workers to work sincerely to strengthen the country’s main foreign exchange earning sector.
He also called upon the government to take necessary steps in this regard.
Bangladesh Bank chief was addressing at the inauguration of the three-day-long ‘Footwear and Leather Goods Fair -2013’ at Purbani Hotel in the capital on Monday.
Small entrepreneurs of Hazaribagh Group under BLSC project arranged the fair.
BLSC is a project which was incepted in 2007 under the finance of Italian government with joint initiative of the Bangladesh Commerce Ministry and ITC Geneva.
Dr. Ruhul Amin Sarkar, Additional Secretary of Commerce Ministry and Sayed Abdul Hamid, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Agrani Bank Limited addressed the function as special guests. S M Aminur Rahman, Managing Director and CEO of Janata Bank Limited chaired.
Atiur said that Bangladesh Bank has taken several initiatives to include the people of marginal level into the mainstream economy.
“The farmers were given the opportunity to open bank accounts for Tk 10 and a total of 96 lakh farmers opened bank accounts under the scheme”, Atiur informed.
Besides, Bangladesh has also extended opportunities to the RMG workers and workers engaged in leather industries, Atiur added.
Workers of leather industries and RMG sector now have the opportunity of opening bank account for Tk 100, Atiur went on.
Opening bank account is not only an opportunity to deposit money but a way of ensuring civic amenities of the people of marginal level, he opined.
Mentionable, seven entrepreneurs of Hazaribagh Group are involved in exporting while five of them have already started the job.
Hailing the entrepreneurs those are exporting leather goods, Dr. Atiur said that there is no alternative to strengthen the country’s leather industries to make the economic growth uplifted.