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RMG units face closure due to poor standards

Aug '06
Bangladesh's highest export earners, Readymade Garments (RMG) and knitwear units are facing problems due to the poor factory standards they have maintained against the demand of the US and EU.

Unable to meet the standards set by buyers, the small units are left with no option but to merge themselves with big ones to survive.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) representatives blamed the mill owners saying that they had already warned them to adhere to the standards set by the buyers but hardly 500 companies had followed the instructions out of 3500 operating right now.

They are supposed to increase space for machinery, rest-room facility for every 25 workers, and school facility for workers' children which have not been done at all.

As we know already that 75 percent of foreign exchange comes from this garment sector, it becomes imperative that the Government also helps out the small units by providing financial assistance.

Textile sector attracts investment of Tk150 billion and provides direct employment to 4500,000 people is facing serious problems.

The garment sector has earned the goodwill and appreciation of the people for its outstanding contribution to the country's economy; however, poor safety standards of the units even after earning huge sums of money have given the feeling that they have done injustice to the nation.

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