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EU, Germany provide Tk 1,145cr for Covid-hit workers

  • Published at 10:32 pm December 10th, 2020
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The amount -- €113 million -- is part of the EU’s contribution to fighting Covid-19 and its consequences in Bangladesh

The EU and Germany have provided Bangladesh with about Tk 1,145 crore to help Covid-19-hit workers in the export-oriented industries.

The amount -- €113 million -- is part of the EU’s contribution to fighting Covid-19 and its consequences in Bangladesh, offers a safety net to workers whose livelihoods are affected by the economic fallout, said a press release issued by the EU in Bangladesh.

In line with the programme guidelines, temporary cash assistance will be provided to workers who suffered income losses during the pandemic and lost their jobs because of reduced worldwide demand or due to health and safety precautionary measures, said the release.

Eligible workers will receive Tk 3,000 per month each for three months, which would allow the distressed and jobless workers to transit over a specific critical period, without major disruptions in their lives and consumption levels.

The workers will be identified in close coordination with the employers’ associations, including Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh, and the Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leathergoods and Footwear Exporters’ Association.

“In close coordination with our member states and like-minded partners, the EU remains committed to supporting the government of Bangladesh to boost the resilience of its social protection system in line with best practices,” said the EU Ambassador to Bangladesh RensjeTeerink.

Germany’s contribution is part of its longstanding cooperation to support the workers in the textile industry in Bangladesh, said German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz.

“During these difficult times, we are glad to join forces with the EU to help the government of Bangladesh to mitigate the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of textile workers,” he said.

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