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Jute mills to be modernised: PM

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Special Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday mentioned her government’s plan to modernise the closed state-run jute mills to tap the opportunities of jute products worldwide.“We will set up the mills in a new way. Workers, who are interested to work in the mills, will be provided training to make them technology friendly,” Hasina said while delivering her valedictory speech in parliament.The premier said jobs would be offered for those workers who have the experience.“That is why, they will be provided training on modern technology,” she said.The government on July 2 shut down production of 25 state-run jute mills under Bangladesh Jute Mill Corporation by providing cent percent dues of some 25,000 workers of the mills.The government has a plan to reopen the mills after modernising the mills under the public private partnership.Speaking in the House, the premier stressed the need for keeping the demand of Bangladesh’s jute and jute-made products in global market.
“The industries are old ones which have been set up between 1950s and 1960s. It is not possible to make profit through these industries. We are trying to rebuild those industries as the jute has a bright future,” she said.“Jute is our cash crops. Apart from an agricultural product, jute is an industry too,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said jute would be an alternative option as all want to get respite from synthetic to protect the environment.“So, we have a big opportunity. But we must modernise our industries,” she said.Mentioning Bangladesh’s decoding genome sequencing of jute, the premier called for producing the variety of jute.“Such production will help the country and will also be exported,” she said.