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Home Minister blames Jamaat for RMG sector trouble

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Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Friday alleged that Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and some other reactionary parties are behind the recent unrest in the country’s readymade garment (RMG) sector.   “Some hired people and activists of Jamaat and some other reactionary parties are trying to create a chaos in the RMG sector,” he said.   Alamgir was talking to reporters at Kachua Upazila Parishad auditorium after distributing cheques among the beneficiaries of social afforestation programme.   The minister’s remarks came two days after his claim that there is no unrest in the country’s garment sector.   Talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting on the law and order at the Secretariat on Wednesday, he said, “There’s no unrest in the garment sector. However, there was a minor problem in Gazipur today (Wednesday)… but nothing happened elsewhere.”   Replying to a question by reporters here, Alamgir said they will resist with iron hands those trying to create commotion in the garment sector.   “RMG sector is our country’s assets. It’s the national duty of all of us to protect it. We’re committed to resisting the troublemakers in the sector with iron hands,” he added.   Mentioning that they have already taken various effective steps to keep the sector fully functional, the minister said, “RMG industrial belts are now calm and quiet. Normalcy has returned there.”   Police super of the district M Amir Jafar, Kachua upazila chairman Ayub Ali Patwari and vice chairman Kamrun Nahar Bhuiyan were, among others, present.   The RMG workers took to the streets and continued their violent agitations at different parts of the country for six straight days till Thursday from last Saturday demanding a minimum monthly salary of around Tk 8,000, forcing many owners to shut their factories.   Opposition BNP on Tuesday held Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan responsible for the fresh turmoil in the sector as the party said the unrest broke out after a recent meeting of the minister with workers in the city.   The meeting was organised under the banner of ‘Garment Sramik Samannoy Parishad’ with Shahjahan Khan in the chair at Suhrawardy Udyan to push their demand for re-fixing their minimum wage at Tk 8114. –UNB

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