BTMA demands impartial probe

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:16, Jul 17,2021


The Bangladesh Textile Mills Association on Saturday demanded an impartial investigation into a fire which broke out at a Hashem Foods factory in Narayanganj and killed 52 workers to prevent such industrial accidents in future.

The BTMA in a press briefing held in the city claimed that the authorities concerned responsible for supervision of industrial establishments were trying to avoid their responsibilities through issuing various statements over the fire incident.

On behalf of the BTMA president Mohammad Ali Khokon, director Md Monir Hossain read out a written statement saying that after the fire, local and foreign quarters had been trying to disrupt the peace and order of the country’s industrial sector through issuing ‘unsolicited’ statements.

‘Some of the concerned local authorities/bodies involved in setting up the industrial establishments and  constantly supervising or monitoring the industrial establishments, have been making various statements regarding the fire incident. We think through this the concern authorities are consciously trying to pass the blame to one another,’ the BTMA statement said.

The BTMA requested the government to ensure justice by conducting an impartial investigation into the fire.

‘Otherwise, it will be difficult to prevent such accidents in future,’ the statement said.

The BTMA said that the country’s apparel and textile sector had been following the compliances guidelines set by global buyers’ platforms Accord and Alliance after the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 but some people were trying to tarnish the image of the country’s export sector riding on the recent factory fire. 

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