Families of Tazreen victims to get compensation today
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will disburse compensation today to the relatives of the workers killed in a fire at Tazreen Fashions.
Preliminarily, every family of the deceased will get nearly Tk 4 lakh each, said BGMEA President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin at a hurriedly called press briefing at the trade body's office in Dhaka yesterday.
But Mohiuddin did not specify how many families would be compensated as many workers were still either missing or were burnt beyond recognition.
The relatives of the deceased will collect the cheques from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Mohiuddin said, adding that the prime minister, BGMEA and some donors have contributed to the fund.
The BGMEA chief also said they have opened two information centres -- one at Ashulia and another at the BGMEA office in Dhaka -- for the Tazreen incident.
A total of 51 workers are undergoing treatment in different hospitals under the auspices of BGMEA, he said.
He said the injured workers can contact BGMEA's Additional Secretary Zaglul Hyder at 01817044677 or 8140310 for treatment.
The BGMEA will brief the media at its office at 3pm everyday on the latest developments of the Tazreen situation.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Garment Sramik Shanghati organised a protest rally yesterday in front of the BGMEA Bhaban in Karwanbazar, where they demanded the compensation for each deceased worker's family be increased to a minimum of Tk 10 lakh.
The speakers at the rally also criticised the BGMEA and Tuba Group for their failure to clear Tazreen Fashions' payroll as promised.
They also demanded immediate arrest of Delowar Hossain, the owner of Tazreen Fashions Ltd, and that the concerned authorities make public the actual number of deaths in the fire.