Palmal Group compensates families of fire victims
Palmal Group, an apparel maker and exporter, yesterday compensated the beneficiaries of its seven employees killed in an October 8 fire in Aswad Composite Mills, a concern of the group located in Gazipur.
Beneficiaries of six of the deceased employees have been paid Tk 5 lakh each and an assistant general manager got Tk 15.87 lakh from the company's group insurance scheme, said Nafis Sikder, managing director of Palmal Group.
Each employee will get another Tk 2 lakh from the BGMEA's insurance coverage, he said.
The group handed over the compensation in presence of the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), at the group's head office at Shahjadpur in Gulshan in the capital.
Former BGMEA President Annisul Huq was also present.
Palmal Group, which started business 27 years ago, has a total of 25,000 employees. The group exported garments worth around $300 million in 2012-13.
“It was the first accident in our factory, and workers were evacuated as soon as possible,” said Sikder.
“Timely action saved many lives and just one employee got injured.”
He said the company has also reached out to the families of the deceased and offered them support along with open offers for jobs in the group.
Sikder claimed that their factories are well compliant with state-of-the-art firefighting equipment and modern water hydrant systems.