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18 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 April, 2019 12:20:05 AM
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How are Rana Plaza survivors now

THE AUTHORITIES HERE HAVE FAILED IN THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING THESE SURVIVORS TO NORMAL LIFE

It was the responsibility of the concerned authorities to rehabilitate the survivors of Rana Plaza tragedy, but six years on, the progress in this regard is hardly satisfactory. Neither the government nor the garments owners associations took the matter seriously as only less than half of the survivors are so far been employed.

ActionAid Bangladesh, a non government organization that has been working the Rana Plaza Survivors since 2013, has also reported that while among the survivors, only 15.5 per cent went back to working in the RMG sector, 58.4 per cent of the Rana Plaza tragedy survivors were still traumatized, while psychological condition of 37.3 per cent was not fully stable.

According to an earlier survey, most of the survivors want to run their own business to earn a living and only five per cent wanted to go back to garments industry for work. One can imagine the extent of trauma the survivors were undergoing or are still doing so. This means that the authorities here have failed in their efforts to bring these survivors to normal life.

Rana Plaza building collapse at Savar in 2013 that killed a total of 1,134 people was the single most catastrophic event that the ever-burgeoning garments industry of Bangladesh witnessed. In this industry, Tazreen Fashions factory fire was the worst one, but with the Rana Plaza disaster it is small in comparison.

It is really a matter of sadness that for improving the safety standard and the working condition of Bangladesh’s garments factory, the nation had to go through a catastrophe like Rana Plaza tragedy. Still, complaints about safety and working condition are quite often heard and garments workers rights are neglected. While there is a lot to do in this regard, it is very important now to give a push to the rehabilitation work for Rana Plaza survivors.

ActionAid report says that the workers are getting nothing other than financial assistance. As part of compensation, they have to be given mental and social support besides the financial one. Bangladesh’s economy is largely depending on the garments industry. This industry needs government’s more careful attention.  

 

 

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