Dhaka: The top business organization FBCCI (Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry) has handed over a promised check of Tk 1 crore to the affected traders due to the devastating fire incident in Bangabazar in the capital.
The check distribution programme took place at the FBCCI boardroom on Saturday (May 27).
FBCCI President Jasim Uddin said, "I was out of the country at that time. When we returned to the country, we visited the spot along with the federation leaders. We felt that even if we could provide a little assistance, it would be helpful. That's why we decided to provide this one crore taka support."
He further added, "When I was not in charge, a dreadful fire broke out at a factory owned by the SaJeeb Group, resulting in the deaths of 52 people. The factory was also severely damaged. I had a question in mind, if the establishment had obtained all types of licenses, then why were the owners apprehended? Those who grant licenses should ensure the safety and security responsibilities."
Jasim Uddin also said, "The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments issues license, Fire Service also grants fire safety licenses, but they cannot ensure compliance. That's why we have formed a Safety Council in FBCCI. It will oversee 44,000 factories. This is not FBCCI's work alone. We are also working with the ILO."
FBCCI Secretary-General Mahfuzul Hoque, Director Habib Ullah Dawn, President of the Bangladesh Shop Owners Association Hela Uddin, and President of the Bangabazar Complex Nazmul Huda were present in the programme.
A fire broke out in the Bangabazar market on the morning of April 4. After several hours of effort, 48 fire service units were able to bring the fire under control. Apart from Bangabazar Market, the fire also spread to Mahanagar Market, Adarsh Market and Gulistan Market. Nexco Tower and some other buildings were also damaged.
Businessmen claim that they have lost at least Tk 2,000 crore in the fire.
BDST: 1336 HRS, MAY 27, 2023