Govt to pay one-time dues of jute mill workers
Decision made to shut jute production
Published: 11:08 PM, 2 July 2020 Updated: 09:50 AM, 3 July 2020
The government has decided to shut down the production and pay one-time dues to the workers to modernize the state-owned jute mills run by Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) and make them capable at national and international level. As a result, the dues of around Tk 5,000 crore of the workers of BJMC’s 25 state-owned jute mills will be paid.
The decision was taken at an important meeting on state-owned jute mills chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban on Thursday.
Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Kaikaus, Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Tofazzal Hossain Mia, Finance Secretary Abdur Rauf Talukder and Secretary to the Ministry of Textiles and Jute Lokman Hossain Mia were present at the meeting.
After the meeting in the afternoon, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Kaikaus briefed reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
He said the decision has been taken to pay the entire dues of the workers for the reform and modernization of the public sector jute mills.
The Principal Secretary said 95 percent of the jute and jute products produced in the country at present is produced in private jute mills. The public sector has become highly squeezed which could not survive the competition. “Jute mills are now being shut down for consideration of how to bring them back into competition and how to strengthen them,” he also said.
He said the government has decided to pay the workers involved in the jute mills in line with the national wage structure of 2015 to ensure their livelihood.