FE Today Logo

Jute mill workers to get June wage by next week: Minister

BJMC urged to provide workers’ account numbers immediately

July 04, 2020 00:00:00

Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi on Friday said the workers of 25 closed state-run jute mills would receive their wages for the month of June in their personal bank accounts by next week.

He gave this assurance at an urgent press briefing arranged from his residence at Siddheshwari in the capital.

"Workers will also be paid the wages of 60 days--July and August," he said.

Fifty per cent of all arrears under provident fund (PF), gratuity and golden handshake facilities will directly go to workers' bank accounts and another 50 per cent will be invested in savings certificates, the minister said.

He also said all the arrears would be paid under the National Wage Structure, 2015.

The minister said workers would get priority when the mills will resume operation under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

He urged the Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC) to provide the bank account numbers of the workers as soon as possible to facilitate payment of their dues.

The government has decided to shut down production in 25 state-run jute mills under BJMC by providing cent percent dues of some 25,000 workers of the mills.

Cent percent dues of workers of the jute mills would be given at the quickest possible time and it would require Tk 50 billion (5,000 crore), said PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus on Thursday.

He also said that the 25 mills would be reopened refurbishing those with modern technologies under different types of ventures --PPP, G2G, joint venture or lease model.

Share if you like