Apparel manufacturers of the country have urged the government to form an industrial police unit in Dhaka Metropolitan (DMP) to maintain law and order and a peaceful environment in the garment factories located inside the metropolitan city.
A delegation of BGMEA, led by acting BGMEA President Syed Nazrul Islam, made the appeal during a meeting with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
The delegation also included BGMEA Senior Vice President SM Mannan (Kochi), Vice President Md Nasir Uddin, and BKMEA Executive President Mohammad Hatem.
In the meeting, Syed Nazrul Islam said the garment industry is one of the main drivers of the country’s economy and Bangladesh is the second largest RMG exporter in the world.
“The industry alone has created employment opportunities for around four million people. Ensuring law and order and security in the garment industry and other industries have contributed to this achievement. The unwavering support of law-enforcement agencies has played a vital role in this regard,” he added.
BGMEA Senior Vice-President SM Mannan (Kochi) said the industrial areas have been experiencing a peaceful atmosphere recently compared to any previous time, despite the current gas crisis.
He thanked the home minister for ensuring peace in industrial areas.
“A number of garment factories are still operational in some areas of DMP, including Uttarkhan, Dakshinkhan, Mirpur, Malibag, Rampura, and Badda. But there is no industrial police unit dedicated to these factories,” he said.
He requested the minister to establish a zone of Industrial Police for garment factories in the area.
He also sought necessary steps to ensure garment workers’ travel safety during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
The home minister directed the IGP to immediately look into the feasibility of the issue and assured all-out cooperation to the RMG sector.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, BPM (Bar), PPM; DMP Commissioner KhandkerGolam Faruq, BPM (Bar), PPM; Industrial Police Chief (Additional IGP) Md. Mahabubor Rahman, BPM (Bar), PPM, and senior officials of Bangladesh Police and the Ministry of Home Affairs were also present at the meeting.