Employment injury protection scheme for RMG workers launched

Desk Report: The pilot of an Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) was launched in Dhaka with an aim to provide social security to garment workers through income protection and medical care for work-related injuries.

Honorable Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman inaugurated the pilot project in an event held at Hotel Intercontinental in the city yesterday.

In his speech as a special guest, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said “The readymade garment industry of Bangladesh has made significant progress in the areas of safety and sustainability, especially workers’ welfare and industrial relations. The pilot of Employment Injury Scheme will contribute to the social well-being of workers, employers, and above all improvement of the country’s social security system. As we are committed to ensuring safety, dignity and well-being of our workers, we look forward to collaborate in initiatives that benefit our industry and workers.”

Secretary of Labour Ministry Md Ehsan-E- Elahi chaired the ceremony while Country Director of ILO, Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen, Johannes Schneider, Head of Development Cooperation, German Embassy Dhaka, Bas Blaauw, First Secretary, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands Dhaka, Fazle Shamim Ehsan, Vice President, BKMEA, and Ardashir Kabir, President, BEF attended the event as speakers.