Bangladesh government has decided to shut down four state-owned jute mills and retrench 14,000 workers from 22 mills including these four as part of its three-year reform program to revive the country's jute sector.
Adviser to the jute and textiles ministry, Geeteara Safiya Choudhury said that under this program, Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) will resume operation at its 18 mills from this month. The ministry found People Jute Mills in Khulna, Karnaphuli Jute Mills and Forat-Karnaphuli Carpet Factory in Chittagong, and Kaomi Jute Mills in Sirajganj non-viable to run and they will be closed permanently to sell out them to private entrepreneurs.
The adviser said a total of 6,000 workers of these four mills will be retrenched.
Amir Khasru has the details.