Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Senior Vice-President SM Mannan (Kochi) has requested Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to take necessary measures to stop the theft of RMG export goods during transportation.
He made the request during a meeting with the minister at his residence on Saturday, read a press release issued on Sunday.
BGMEA Vice-President Md Nasir Uddin was also present at the meeting.
They had a discussion about the present situation of the RMG industry, especially the security concerns of exporters over stealing of goods during transportation.
Stressing the need for preventing RMG goods theft on the highway, Mannan said the stealing incidents cause financial losses and also put exporters in an embarrassing situation and tarnish the image when such cases are detected after products reach buyers.
The BGMEA leaders urged the home minister to direct the highway police to step up patrolling on the highway to ensure the safe movement of vehicles carrying RMG goods from factories to the Chattogram port.
They also called for making the process of filling cases of theft incidents for exporters easier.
Mannan also requested the minister to expedite the installation of CCTVs on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway, saying it would help to beef up security on the roads, prevent stealing and nabbing thieves.
Asaduzzaman assured the BGMEA leaders that the ministry was working to address the issue.
The law enforcement agencies had already arrested some gang members involved in RMG goods theft while the drive was going to nab others, he said.
The minister directed the law enforcement agencies to step up their activities to stop RMG goods stealing incidents on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway.