Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the need for strictly following the building code during the construction of high-rise buildings.
She also asked for stepping up surveillance by the government agencies and creating awareness among the people about the building code.
Hasina, also the Awami League chief, was speaking at a party presidium meeting at the Gono Bhaban.
She said building owners and users have to take appropriate measures to prevent fire incidents and ensure other security steps.
The PM extended her sincere thanks to the fire service, armed forces, law enforcement agencies and students of educational institutions for their courageous roles in tackling Thursday's Banani fire incident.
The AL chief expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in the fire incident and prayed for salvation of the departed souls, said a party press release.
She also strongly condemned the recent attacks on Christchurch mosques in New Zealand and expressed deep shock.
Hasina extended her sympathy to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in this regard.
The AL presidium meeting decided to form eight teams to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and strengthening the party's organisational activities ahead of its council.
The AL will observe programmes throughout the year and publish books in this regard.
The meeting issued directives to all concerned to prepare a report and take actions against ministers, lawmakers and party leaders who were not working for the party candidates contesting different local government elections.
AL presidium members Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammed Nasim, Kazi Zafarullah, Sahara Khatun, Pijush Kanti Bhattacharya, Nurul Islam Nahid, Abdur Razzaque, Faruk Khan, Ramesh Chandra Sen, Abdul Mannan Khan, Office Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap and Deputy Office Secretary Biplab Barua were present at the meeting.