Make foreign investment policy time-befitting: Inu

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President and lawmaker Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday said the government should review the foreign investment policy so that the country’s interest is not hampered.

He said it should be clear how the foreign investors would run their business in Bangladesh, how much benefit they (foreign investors) could get as well as the country through making the foreign investment policy time-befitting.

“We, at the same time, should make the policy modern so that foreign investors show their interest to invest here,” said Inu.

He made the remarks while expressing solidarity with a group of garment workers who staged a token hunger strike at city’s Muktangon, demanding reopening of Basic Apparel Factory and their arrear salaries.

The Basic Apparel Factory remained closed since February 2 where over 18,000 employees work.

Inu said the government should keep eyes on garments factories so that the workers are not forced to come out to the streets to press home their demands.

He suggested forming a monitoring cell comprising of the representatives of government, workers and owners to keep the garments sector away from any conspiracy.

“The government should immediately take necessary steps to monitor the garment factories whether required facilities are being provided there,” Inu said.

The JSD president said the government has already planned to bring garments workers under rationing to provide them rice, edible oil and essential commodities at a lower cost.

Earlier, the agitating workers of Basic Apparel urged the government to take measures to reopen the factory and allow them to go back to work.

General Secretary of Jatiya Sramik League Roy Romesh Chandra, Coordinator of Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) Dr Wazedul Islam Khan, Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik Jote President Shirin Akhter, workers leader Salahuddin Swapan and Sirajul Islam Rony also spoke.


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