Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) is providing food assistance to some 7,000 families whose livelihoods were affected by the prolonged nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Those people work at different ongoing economic zones and became jobless on a temporary basis due to suspension of development activities at the sites of various economic zones following the announcement of general holidays since March 26.
Under the circumstances, BEZA took the initiative to provide relief to the workers and to the needy in adjacent areas, the statement added.
BEZA said, among the 28 economic zones, only Bangabandhu Shilpanagar is open during the virus outbreak in limited scale to complete emergency activities, reports the Daily Star.
BEZA on May 27 informed, they distributed relief to 2,500 families in adjacent areas of Bangabandhu Shilpanagar and in Chattogram, Jamalpur and Cox’s Bazar where economic zones are being established.
It also distributed relief to 1500 families in remote areas of Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban districts.
BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury handed over the relief materials. He said, some 3000 more families will also get this assistance in north Bengal as well.
Besides, Bangladesh Economic Zone Investors’ Association, City Group, Meghna Group of Industries, TK Group and Abdul Momen Limited also lent their hands for relief purposes, the statement added.