Industrial police changes scenario in garment industry

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Industrial police changes scenario in garment industry

SAVAR, Nov 18 (BSS) – The scenario in country’s garments industry has changed following formation of the industrial police.

Peace and stability returned in the largest export-earning sector as the newly formed force is working with devotion to maintain law and order in the industrial zones, concerned sources said.

The sources said the garments industry has got rid of incidents of worker-owner clash and attack on factories after the formation and deployment of industrial police.

This has created better working atmosphere and possibility of new investments in the sector, they added.

Anisuzzaman, director of a garment factory in Ashulia, said unlike the past, the workers cannot resort to destructive activities since the formation of industrial police.

Besides, the worker-owner gap has reduced after the deployment of the new force, he added.

Responding to the demand of garments factory owners, the government formed industrial police in October 2010 with 365 members of ordinary police.

The industrial police was divided into four units. Unit 1, comprising 700 members, took the charge of more than 800 factories under Savar, Ashulia and Dhamrai thanas where about five lakh workers are working.

Unit 1 Deputy Company Commander Fayezul Kabir said they are working relentlessly to maintain peace and order in garment industry.

They are taking all necessary steps to resolve problems quickly,he added.

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin appreciated the performance of industrial police. He pointed to various limitations of the force and demanded adequate logistic supports.

Director General of Police (IGP) Hasan Mahmud Khandakar said recently that the members of industrial police are being trained
up to develop the force as an independent agency.

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