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RMG village to be set up in Chittagong soon

RMG-396x240CHITTAGONG, Mar 31: The Prime Minister has directed the concerned ministries to take necessary steps for setting up garment villages for the factories in Chittagong.

BGMEA in a press release said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instructed the authorities concerned in the cabinet meeting held on March 24 in Dhaka.

“We on behalf of the standing committee on garment industrial region in Chittagong congratulate the Prime Minister on her directives in this regard,” the press release issued from BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) Chittagong regional office said.

They recalled that commerce minister Tofail Ahmed committed at the CAFAXPO (Chittagong Apparel, Fabrics and Accessories Exposition) inaugural ceremony on March 21 that immediate steps would be taken to set up garment villages in Chittagong.

“There is no alternative to setting up garment villages in the region if we want to make the industry more competitive in the present context. I will just start working on the issue after reaching the capital city from here,” he said in his address.

On the occasion, State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Zaved also expressed his eagerness to take steps for land allotment for the garment villages in the region. Chittagong City Awami League president and former mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury requested the government to take up steps for setting up garment villages. The duo addressed the function as special guests.

The BGMEA standing committee on garment village held an urgent meeting on March 29 in its regional office in the port city to discuss pros and cons of the issue.

The meeting earmarked a land measuring 12 acres owned by the Chittagong City Corporation at Kalurghat heavy industrial area in the city to build up a garment village.

Under a long-term scheme, the leaders also surveyed two more areas for the readymade garment (RMG) villages and decided to place proposals to the concerned ministries of the government for consideration. BGMEA directors Md Abdul Wahab, Sabbir Mostafa, Anjan Shekhar Das and Md. M Mohiuddin Chowdhury were present in the meeting.

In may be recalled that Chittagong Mayor M Manjur Alam had earlier told the BGMEA leaders that Chittagong City Corporation had decided to allow establishment of a garment village on its 12 acres of land at Kalurghat heavy industrial area.

Source: Financial Express

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