BTMA denounces rumours over textile safety compliance
Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) yesterday strongly denounced rumours regarding safety compliance in the country's textile industry.
According to a statement issued by BTMA President Mohammad Ali Khokon, some people were capitalising on a recent fire at a Narayanganj juice production plant by spreading rumours about textile mills.
The BTMA also expressed deep shock over the death of 52 workers at the fire at Hashem Foods factory.
"With grave concern, the BTMA has observed that after the fire incident, a domestic and foreign quarter has been trying to disrupt the prevailing peace and order of the country's industrial sector with various unsolicited statements centring the incident," he said.
They are spreading these rumours at both home and abroad in hopes of tarnishing the image of local export-oriented industries.
"So, we strongly protest this and are completely against the spread of this kind of propaganda," Khokon added.
He went on to say that some of the local authorities involved in setting up and monitoring the country's industrial establishments have been trying to pass the buck regarding the fire.
"We think the authorities concerned are consciously trying to pass the blame from one to another. We request the government to ensure proper justice through an impartial investigation of the fire incident. Otherwise, it will be difficult to prevent such accidents in the future," Khokon said in the statement.
Md Monir Hossain, chief of the BTMA's media committee, shared Khokon's statement with a group of journalists at a programme at InterContinental Dhaka.
"The QIMA, a Hong Kong-based supply chain compliance solutions provider, recently ranked Bangladesh's garment sector as second in ethical manufacturing," Hossain said.
The globally trusted McKinsey& Company also praised the country's garment sector for its transparency, he added.
Still, a section of critics are passing negative comments that are damaging the image of the local garment sector, said the BTMA statement.