Apprehending business loss to the member factories, the apex body of the country’s apparel manufacturers, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has reportedly turned down a request from the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) to abstain from issuing utility declaration (UD) to 131 factories on the grounds of non-compliance.
“As per the escalation protocol we requested BGMEA to stop issuing of utility declaration to the errant factories in an aim to expedite remediation progress and BGMEA should comply with the protocol as they agreed with the process in principle ,” reportedly maintained the Inspector General of DIFE Md Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan while speaking to the media.
However, as per media reports, the BGMEA, via a letter, turned down the DIFE request on the ground that it would not be appropriate to stop issuance of UD before January 2019 as there were some export orders in the factories and that these factories would need some more time to complete their shipment.
“BGMEA thinks that it would be appropriate to take decision on discontinuing UD through further discussion with the factories in January 2019,” the BGMEA letter reportedly underlined.
It may be mentioned here that the DIFE on September 20 reportedly issued separate letters to the Presidents of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) asking the concerned authorities to reportedly to stop providing UD as the remediation progress in the units was not satisfactory.