The government with the support of International Labour Organisation on Tuesday launched a digitalised Labour Inspection Management Application (LIMA) system with an aim to improve the collection, storage and analysis of labour inspection data in all industrial sectors.
‘LIMA is a milestone in the march towards digital Bangladesh and testament to the commitment of the government to ensure that every workplace is a safe workplace and that the rights of workers are respected,’ said state minister for labour Md Mujibul Haque while addressing the launching ceremony of the application held at Amari Hotel in the city.
British high commissioner Alison Blake, Dutch ambassador Leoni Cuelenaere, Canadian high commissioner Benoit Prefontaine and the labour ministry officials attended the programme.
Some 250 android tablets were handed over to the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments, on the same occasion, to be used during inspections.
LIMA is set to make DIFE’s operations more effective by combining its key data gathering and management needs in one platform.
The application will enhance data accessibility and transparency by making certain information available to employers and workers while facilitating day-to-day tasks such as factory licence applications or the submission of complaints.
State minister for labour requested the envoys to carry the message to their respective governments that Bangladesh was investing to ensure workplace safety and buyers should provide ethical prices for Bangladeshi products.
Mujibul also requested Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association to prepare biometric database of workers with in the short time.
BGMEA has already made significant progress in this regard while the progress of BKMEA was very little, he added.
‘The LIMA system is much more than inspectors simply using a tablet computer instead of a pen and paper. It represents the progress made in the reform of the labour inspectorate and the commitment of DIFE’s leadership to digitalisation and transparency,’ Snehal Soneji, officer in charge of the ILO.
Md Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, inspector general of DIFE, said that the launch of LIMA marked the beginning of a new chapter for the labour inspectorate.
It would make the operations of DIFE more effective and thereby help to enhance the welfare and safety of working people while also improving productivity of industries, he said.
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