Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the government to keep banks open during holidays ahead of Eid to help them pay salaries to garment workers.
BGMEA President Abdus Salam Murshedy said they have already sent letters to the related ministry and the central bank of Bangladesh Bank in this regard.
Mr. Murshedy also said the trade body had decided to pay salaries of garment workers in advance so that they can share joys and happiness with family members during the festival.
He said the BGMEA has enough preparations to pay all wages, due overtimes and bonus in time as they are now working with the government.
Besides, he said, National Board of Revenue has also been requested to keep banks at customs points open to expedite export-import activities.
Leaders of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and the BGMEA formed a central committee and 10 regional committees to see whether any factory owner does not pay salaries in time, the apparel leader added. 
BBN/SI/AD-02Sept10-11:47 am (BST)