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Bangladesh may bring festival allowance under legal framework

The Bangladesh government is considering bringing festival allowances of workers including those of readymade garment sector under a legal framework to avoid unrest ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha.

“To ensure two festival allowances in a year for the workers a guideline may be stipulated in the implementation rules under the labour act but it will not be possible to include separate clause for any particular sector as the implementation rules will be applicable for all industry,” state minister for labour Mujibul Haque informed at a press conference held in Dhaka on Sunday.

The state minister also said that the government was considering a fixed amount as festival allowances for RMG workers as per the demands of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA). After the delegation from Bangladesh visited Germany recently, the government plans to start the ‘Social Accident Insurance’ for the garment factory workers on a pilot basis.