Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi has said the government is relentlessly working to resolve all the problems in the jute sector.
“The present government is keen to solve all problems in the jute sector, fair pricing, SMS-based jute buying and selling system, increasing production of raw jute and versatile jute products, incentives for export of jute products and increasing domestic use,” he said.
“Besides, the government will provide all possible assistance for the expansion of jute industry besides motivating jute farmers considering the demand of local and international markets,” he said.
The minister came up with the statement at a views exchange meeting on the activities of the Ministry of Textiles and Jute and its subordinate departments at his office at the end of Eid-ul-Azha holiday, reports BSS.
Textile and Jute Secretary Lokman Hossain Mia, Additional Secretary Mohammad Abul Kalam and other officials were present at the meeting.
The minister said that in view of the present market and future prospects of diversified jute products, the government is working to reopen the closed mills of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) on an urgent basis by modernising and restructuring the production system of jute products.
“Country’s jute mills will be brought back to production as soon as possible through government-controlled public-private partnership (PPP), joint venture GTZ or lease model. At the same time, two high-level committees have already been set up to make recommendations on modernisation and reactivation of mills in a proper manner and rationalisation in the light of the changed situation of BJMC’s manpower structure,” said the minister.
He said all the relevant provisions of the Labour Act have been followed in declaring termination of employment of workers and closure of jute mills.
As the employment of the workers has been terminated from July 1, 2020, according to the provisions of the Labor Act, they have no claim or dues after the 7th day except for the wages of 60 days notice period, he said.