The Government of Bangladesh is taking various initiatives to create employment opportunities on a large scale, said a Bangladeshi news agency quoting Mujibul Haque Chunnu, state minister for labour and employment.
Talking about the garment sector, Chunnu said that it employs over 4.2 million workers. Considering that readymade garment sector is the biggest foreign currency earner in Bangladesh, the wages of garment workers have been increased.
A garment worker's wage has increased from Taka 1,600 in 2009 to Taka 5,300 in 2013, resulting in a 223 per cent increase, according to Chunnu. They are also getting salary increment facilities of 5 per cent and a special welfare fund.
Bangladesh has close to 39.5 million male labourers and a female labour force of about 17.2 million, according to International Labour Organisation and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistic. About 87 per cent of the total labour force is involved in informal work and the remaining people work in the formal sector. (KD)
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