All EPZs to have female dorms
04 February 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also the chairperson of the BEPZA has decided to build dormitories for female workers in all Export Processing Zones (EPZ).
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Board of Governors of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) at Prime Minister Office (PMO) here today.
The government will provide financial support from its Housing Fund for constructing the female dormitories, PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury told reporters after the meeting.
Members of the board Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, chairman of Board of Investment SA Samad, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu, State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid, Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman, Chairman of National Board of Revenue Chairman Nazibur Rahman, Executive Chairman of Board of Investment Major General Habibur Rahman Khan were present, among others.
The meeting decided to allow foreign investors and workers to purchase some selected liquor items and goods from local market at only 15 percent commission rate and issue a passbook for each user to keep its record.
It decided to give exemption to the BEPZA from payment of union holding tax while establishing EPZ in the rural areas. It also decided to allow the land of second unit of Adamjee Jute Mills area to investors and give priority to the jute processing and jute goods producing companies.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the officials to construct multi-storied buildings to rehabilitate the non-Bangalee Bihari families living on that land. Of 1,407 families of Biharis living on that land, 200 have so far been rehabilitated in 20 barracks.