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EU to provide financial support to garment workers

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European Union (EU) will provide more than € 90 million to hard up garment workers who have lost their jobs due to global coronavirus pandemic.

Each worker will get their respective amount directly or through mobile financial service or through a government agency to ensure transparency in the distribution of the fund.

The initiative is still at the very preliminary stage as the EU has been holding meetings with authorities concerned for the release of the fund.

As of preliminary discussion, this financial support will be given for the next three to six months with the initial amount of 4900 crore as BDT. The fund aims to support at least one million workers and the assistance might start from coming July and the laid off workers will get Tk3000 per month.

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“The BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) and BKMEA (Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association) will help prepare the list of retrenched workers,” said Yasir Obaid, chairman of the trade body’s standing committee on automation, reports the Daily Star.

The EU has been holding meetings with leaders of both the BGMEA and the BKMEA to assess the total number of retrenched workers, said Yasir.

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