110 faulty RMG units delaying engineering assessment

Alliance seeks BGMEA intervention

Staff Correspondent

As many as 110 readymade garment factory owners are delaying detailed engineering assessment in their units suggested by inspection teams despite their factories were detected with structural flaws, the North American retailers’ group has alleged.
The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has recently sent a list of the 110 readymade garment factories to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and sought its intervention to expedite the remediation process.
A BGMEA official, however, told New Age that the DEA in the factories were delaying due to various reasons including slower pace of engineering farms and lack of available fund.
He said out of 110, more than 20 factories had already conducted the DEA and some of the units had been asked for resubmission of the reports as their assessment failed to meet the Alliance standard.
An official of Alliance said the factories got time for 2-9 months to conduct the DEA but their owners were yet to take any initiative.
To resolve the issue the BGMEA sits today with the Alliance and the factory owners at the association office in Dhaka.
BGMEA vice-president Shahidullah Azim told New Age on Sunday that the association had asked all the 110 factory owners to attend the meeting and explain their status regarding the DEA process.
The meeting will identify the problems of the factory owners to conduct the DEA as per the recommendation of the Alliance and find solutions to solve the problems, he said.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013 that killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, the North American retailers formed the Alliance.
The initiatives launched inspection programmes in the Bangladeshi RMG factories from where their members procure products and completed primary safety assessments in its listed more than 600 factories.
Following the completion of initial inspection the Alliance conducted verification visits in more than 100 factories and provided corrective action plan to 300 factories.
The initiative set a target to complete its final assessment in 100 per cent of factories by 2017.

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