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Apparel industry to employ 10,000 women of monga-prone areas
Aug '10
Apparel industry promises jobs to almost 10,000 women, who are caught in the continuous cycle of poverty in Bangladesh's 'monga' prone areas.

Northern Areas Reduction of Poverty Initiative (NARI) is the project, which has been taken up for empowering women by providing them job opportunities in Export Processing Zones (EPZs).

October and November months are known as the 'monga' period, wherein food stocks get over, and jobs are not available for people residing in few of the northern districts, prior to the main harvest season in December. Owing to this, thousands of poor people are famished for weeks.

World Bank is intending to provide $20 million for the project, which is likely to commence soon, informed a WB source. This will be the first WB-funded operation in Bangladesh in the formal segment.

While the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) will be the administrative ministry and coordinating agency, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) will take care of the implementation processes. MoLE and BEPZA will provide $0.1 million and $6.9 million, respectively, for the project.

However, prior to providing jobs, women will be provided with varied training processes. Training centres and dormitory facilities for women will also be set up on three sites adjacent to the EPZs situated in Dhaka, Karnaphuli and Ishwardi.

WB source further added that, the key aim of the proposed NARI project is to provide women susceptible to poverty diversified training and thereby help them get used to urban mode of living.

The proposed project will also conduct an awareness camp for potential employers to press upon their responsibilities towards employees. Bangladesh's 80 percent of the export earnings comes from $13 billion worth RMG industry.

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