Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday commended Prof Muhammad Yunus' article on the garment sector, published in national dailies.
“He spoke very well. I am happy that he has shared his thoughts on the issue,” Muhith said when asked for his reaction on Yunus' piece, “Savar tragedy, garments industry and Bangladesh”.
In his article, Yunus urged the government and other stake stakeholders to collaborate to save the garment sector.
“The government has been taking the problems of the garments sector seriously,” said Muhith, adding that the government has formed a panel and given it a timeframe to survey all garments factories and take corrective actions within three months.
The finance minister said the government reaction to the Savar crisis is “a matter of pride” for the country.
Muhith said the government can only be blamed for not taking prompt action after cracks surfaced in the building the day before the collapse.
“The jurisdiction was not clear -- was it the city corporation's or the local police's or another body's responsibility to stop people from entering the building when the cracks showed up? By the time we figured whose responsibility it was, the tragedy already happened,” the minister said.
Muhith said the prime minister has already admitted that the government's enforcement capability is still very limited.