BGMEA to make database in 3 months

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will prepare a database containing service records of all workers in 3,200 registered garment factories.
“At first, we will create a database of workers at factories in Dhaka and it would gradually be extended to Ashulia, Narayanganj and Chittagong within the next three months,” M Atiqul Islam, president of BGMEA, told BSS yesterday.
Atiqul, also managing director of Islam Dresses Ltd, said it would be a unique system for keeping records of garment workers in the country.
The salient feature of the proposed database would be the maintenance of history of each and every worker, he added.
Referring to small and large readymade garment (RMG) units, Atiqul said there was no exact data on how many skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers were now employed in the industry.
“Even we do not know how many women workers are there in the industry…we felt that preparing a database has become indispensable for the sake of the country’s interest,” he said.
The BGMEA president said the association would hold a meeting on May 20 with the mid-level management of factories, IT personnel and human resource professionals to brief them on its necessity.
“On that day, we will inaugurate a programme at BGMEA Bhaban for creating the database of RMG units in Dhaka,” he added.