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Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Baishakh 9, 1422 BS, Rajab 2, 1436 Hijr

Rana Plaza Compensation
Tk 108cr PM's Fund  still unused: TIB
Published : Wednesday, 22 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 31
Staff Correspondent
Transparency Interna-tional Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday claimed lack of transparency and dillydallies in the disbursement of funds for victims of the Rana Plaza collapse, the worst-ever industrial accident in Bangladesh.
The local chapter of the international anti-corruption watchdog made the claim on the basis of the finds of a report it released in the city on the day.
Two years into the incident, an amount of about Tk108 crore out of Tk 127 crore deposited to the Prime Minister's Fund in aid for the victims is yet to be disbursed, according to the TIB.
This was revealed in a press conference while presenting the report titled "Steps taken to implement good governance in readymade garment sector: Progress in last one year."
The report said that an amount of about 19 million US dollars was deposited to the Rana Plaza Donors' Trust Fund while around 2.48 million US dollars was also added to this from the PM's Fund to help the Rana Plaza victims.
The list of people who have been compensated for the Rana Plaza tragedy and the amount of the compensation are yet to be made public, the report claimed.
In the press conference TIB officials also demanded revelation of information about progress made in the RMG sector in the last one year.
During presentation of the report, Sultana Kamal, TIB Trusty Board chairman, said the accused in the Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashion tragedies have not been held accountable yet, which causes more such accidents.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director of the TIB, said minimum wages for the RMG workers were raised after the Rana Plaza tragedy but it was not rational with their expenditures.
The RMG workers are even not paid their wages timely, he added. 
Laws have been enacted to prevent accidents in the RMG sector, but these are being misused, he alleged.

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