Leaders of Bangladesh Chemical and Perfumery Merchants Association (BCPMA) on Tuesday demanded relocation of the chemical shops as leather industry from the old-town area. They also demanded all facilities for trade-licence renewal immediately. They made the demand in their annual general meeting (AGM) held at Kara Convention Hall in the city.
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Sheikh Fazle Fahim was present as chief guest at the function. Among others, BCPMA general secretary Arif Hossen, director Iftekhar Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Ibrahim, Sirajul Islam, Nurul Akhtar, Riaz Ul Islam, Taim Ahmed, Mahasin Kabir, and publicity secretary Shakirul Hoque Khan spoke at the function. BCPMA president
Hazi Abdul Jalil presided over the function. Sheikh Fazle Fahim discussed the key safety issues regarding the use of chemical and suggested to follow the maintenance process of inflammable chemicals. He also called upon all to follow all safety precautions while operating their business. "If requested, we will take necessary measures for safety training," he added.
The business leaders said that they inherited the trade from their predecessors in old Dhaka and later it expanded in the area and they were trading before 1971. They have no way to switch to another business. They urged the government to relocate the industry from Dhaka city like leather industry.
The leaders demanded plots from Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in Munshiganj area for that purpose.