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61 proposals to run 13 jute mills for rent

61 proposals have been received from local and foreign companies for leasing 13 closed state-owned jute mills. Of these, 16 proposals have been submitted by local and 53 by foreign organizations. The proposal evaluation committee has already sent the evaluation to Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation (BJMC).

Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi said this while inspecting the production activities of Bangladesh Jute Mills at Palash in Narsingdi on Monday. Textile and jute secretary was present at the time. Abdur Rauf, Narsingdi Deputy Commissioner Abu Naeem Mohammad Maruf Khan and others.

The Minister for Textiles and Jute said Bangladesh Jute Mills in Narsingdi and KFD Jute Mills in Chittagong have already been leased. Khulna’s Crescent Jute Mills and Chittagong’s Hafiz Jute Mills are in the process of being leased.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Minister further said that the launch of two jute mills of BJMC on lease basis has created employment opportunities for many. If more jute mills are started in the same manner, the workers sent on compulsory retirement from the state-owned jute mills will get priority in the job.

Unable to bear the loss, the government announced the closure of 25 jute mills under BJMC on July 1, 2020. In the 10 years before the closure, the jute mills incurred a loss of Tk 4,075 crore.

According to the ministry, about Tk 3,573 crore has been paid to all the permanent workers of the closed jute mills, including gratuity, PF and leave cash.

Efforts are being made to pay the arrears of the transfer workers and all the dues of the retired employees.

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