Leaders of BGMEA, BKMEA, BTMEA, Dhaka Chamber and FBCCI made the request during a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at the secretariat on Thursday.
They say prolonged shutdowns risk losing their share of the international market, disruptions in supply chains, port congestion and will have a global effect on the economy.
“We have come to ask that all kinds of industrial work be allowed to resume during this confinement,” said BGMEA president Faruque Hassan.
The government had allowed the factories to remain open during previous shutdowns, but ordered them to shut down during the July 23 shutdown. these restrictions.
Homeowners in the ready-to-wear industry, concerned about the prompt delivery of exports during a busy season, have called for these lockdown rules to be relaxed.
In a meeting on Tuesday, Home Secretary Asaduzzaman Khan said: “The current lockdown will continue. We cannot accept requests from manufacturers for the moment.
“We express our concerns and explain the problems there will be if industries remain closed,” said FBCCI President Jashim Uddin.
BGMEA chairman Faruque Hassan said the cabinet secretary assured him that the prime minister would be notified of their request and that a decision would be taken quickly.
“Our request takes into account the coronavirus situation, the number of new cases and deaths. We hope the government will take this into account. We do not only represent the garment sector, but all industries. A lot is involved in the industry so we have asked for it to be exempt from foreclosure and our request to be considered. “
FBCCI Chairman Jashim Uddin said the food, skins and pharmaceuticals sectors are also experiencing a supply chain crisis despite being allowed to remain open.
“The food industry needs packaging and cardboard boxes. In such circumstances, industries cannot remain closed. “
When asked if they had asked for a specific date when the factories could reopen, the president of BGMEA said:
“No, we haven’t fixed a specific date, but we asked for it to be as soon as possible. As the lockdown was July 23 and everything was pretty much closed from July 18 or 19 before Eid everything has been closed for a long time and there are shortages in the supply chain.
“In addition to exports, there are a lot of imported goods in the ports. The ships unload but there is no space at the port to hold the cargo. If the factories are not reopened, the containers in the ports will not be released and will cause difficulties later. “
“When workers are at the plant, they feel safe when they receive the vaccine. But when they go to their villages of origin, they no longer want to take them. If the workers stay in the villages, they will not have access to doctors, medicines or nearby hospitals. They will if they stay near the factories. We can also ensure the safety of our workers.