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Opinion sharing and discussion meeting with silicosis-affected workers

State Minister for Labour and Employment Md. Mojibul Haque, MP addressing at the meetingAn opinion sharing and discussion meeting was organised on July 20, 2017 at Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Room in Lalmonirhat district. The meeting was organised for raising awareness at local level to protect occupational health of workers engaged in stone crushing industry at Burimari and setting role of concerned all.

Lalmonirhat Deputy Commissioner Abul Fazal Md. Alauddin Khan presided over the meeting while State Minister for Labour and Employment Md. Mojibul Haque, MP were present as chief guest and Parliament Member Advocate Sofura Begum, Secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry Mikail Shipar, Lalmonirhat District Council Chairman Motiar Rahman, Police Super S M Rashidul Haque, Patgram Upozila Chairman Md. Ruhul Amin Babul were present as special guests. Among others, Upozila Executive Officer, Municipal Mayor, officials of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment, Chairman of different Union Parishads, Trade Union Leaders, academicians, doctors, representatives of professional organisations and journalists of different print and electronic media participated in the meeting.

BILS Advocacy Coordinator Adv. Mohammad Nazrul Islam presented a keynote paper on BILS activities with Silicosis affected people. Lalmonirhat Civil Surgeon described the present situation of Silicosis patients. Patgram Upozila Chairman discussed about present physical condition of Silicosis-affected people. Leaders and officials of different organizations also discussed about various problems and remedy for workers.

The State Minister suggested workers to use musk at their working time and declared to provide musk from Labour Ministry. Besides, he committed to set up hospital for workers with the support of Labour Welfare Center where workers will get free treatment. He ordered officials of DIFE for monitoring the factories located at Patgram.