Dhaka, June 16 (UNB) - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has demanded a 3 percent cash incentive for the garment sector in the budget for 2019-20 fiscal year.
“There’s an estimated 1 percent incentive (equivalent to Tk 2,825 crore) in the proposed budget which is not enough for the industry. So, we demand a 3 percent incentive to meet our challenges and compete in international markets,” BGMEA President Rubana Huq said at a press conference on the proposed budget at a city hotel on Sunday.
This is very good that an amount of Tk 74,367 crore has been allocated for social safety net, she said hoping that apparel sector workers would be brought under the social safety net programme.
The BGMEA president also described the proposed budget as a business- and people-friendly one. “But we can’t be cent percent happy with it. We’re 70 percent happy at the budget.”
“We’re facing many challenges in product diversification, improving image crisis, technological development, innovation and value addition. Our orders have been reduced as consumer demand has been changed in global markets," she said.
Rubana said they cannot be fully mature in international markets for lack of innovative ideas. “So, we need more cash incentive to flourish the industry and explore new markets,” she said.
She also said the owners of 30 garment factories have been forced to shut down their units in the last one month. “Even many owners paid salaries of their workers after selling their machinery. Those who are saying there’s no need for incentive for the garment sector are not right.”
The BGMEA chief also said the living cost of garment workers has increased sharply which should be taken into consideration.
She said they did not get more than Tk 800 crore as cash incentive in the last several years. “Besides, many owners don’t take incentive while some others failed to get it following bureaucratic complexity.”
Rubana said they want to create one entrepreneur in every family.
She also thanked the government for giving 100 percent VAT exemption on water, gas and electricity bills for the garment sector.
About reducing the bank loan interest rate to single digit, she demanded a clear directive in the proposed budget.
The BGMEA chief also demanded implementation of the bankruptcy law.
Earlier, BGMEA demanded 5 percent cash incentive equivalent to Tk 14,125 crore.
BGMEA Senior Vice-president Faisal Samad, Vice-presidents SM Mannan Kochi, MA Rahim Firoz and M Moshiul Azom Sajal were present at the press conference.
Dhaka, June 16 (UNB)-A motorcyclist was killed as his motorbike crashed into a roadside pillar in the city’s Wari are early Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Jubayer, 25, a resident of Hare Street of Wari.
ASI Baby Ram of Wari Police Station said Jubayer received injuries when his motorcycle crashed into a road side pillar at Wari Post Office Goli around 1:00 am.
He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at around 2:00 am.
Dhaka, Jun 16 (UNB) - The government is expanding the landfill stations of Dhaka city as the garbage management of this mega city is becoming a big challenge day by day.
“The wastes of Dhaka city are increasing enormously as their nature is also changing. It has become a challenge for us for managing these huge wastes,” Local Government Division Minister Md Tajul Islam said while responding to a tabled written question from ruling party MP of Chittagong M Abdul Latif.
The minister said currently the wastes produced in Dhaka North City Corporation are being dumped at Aminbazar landfill while the garbage of Dhaka South City Corporation is at Matuail Sanitary landfill.
As there is no adequate space in these two landfills, a project titled ‘Matuail Sanitary Landfill Expansion and Land Development’ at a cost of Tk 724.49 crore is under implementation, he said.
Another project titled ‘Aminbazar Landfill Expansion and Modernization’ worth Tk 826.80 crore has been prepared.
Yet another project proposal has been prepared to set up a new modern landfill station on 118 acres of land in the expanded area of Dhaka North City Corporation, Nasirabad. “Hopefully, these projects will be approved,” he said.
Bangladesh is a densely populated country where there is scarcity of land, he said adding, “So, instead of creating landfills, steps have to be taken to implement environment-friendly project ‘Waste to Energy’,” he said.
Bukhara (Uzbekistan), Jun 16(UNB) - President Abdul Hamid arrived in Bukhara in Uzbekistan on Sunday after attending the fifth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan.
A special flight of Uzbekistan air force carrying the President and his entourage left Dushanbe International Airport in Tajikistan at 12: 20 pm(local time).
President's wife Rashida Khanam and foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen are accompanying the President during his seven-day official visit to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The President is scheduled to return home on June 19.
Dhaka, June 16 (UNB) - Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the decision on the 9th wage board for journalists will be taken very soon.
“The issue remained at the discussion level for a long time. Now, we’ve reached the final stage. Hope, the decision will be taken in consultation with the Prime Minister soon,” he said.
He said this at a review meeting on the recommendations of the 9th wage board held at the auditorium of Information Ministry with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in the chair.
Quader said, “We’ve listened to the opinions of owners, labourers, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Sramik Oikya Federation.”
He said it is illogical and non-realistic to keep the issue unsettled any longer. Now the cabinet committee will sit and the decision will be taken after discussions with the Prime Minister, he added.
Replying to a question over the inclusion of electronic media in the wage board, Quader said, “The wage board is only meant for print media and there’s no scope to include the electronic media in it suddenly.”
But the issue is under consideration of the Information Ministry, he added.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid and State Minister for Information Ministry Murad Hasan were present.
Newspaper Owners’ Association’s president Matiur Rahman, vice president AK Azad, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) president Mollah Jalal, BFUJ general secretary Shaban Mahmood, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) president Abu Zafar Surjo and DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury, were, among others, present at the review meeting.