Quomi Jute Mill to Reopen
Friday, 22 October 2010

Sirajganj Quomi Jute Mill, the largest state-owned jute mill of northern Bangladesh, will reopen in November.

The prime minister is set to inaugurate the mill within the first week of November, Gazi Shafiqul Islam, member of jute ministry's parliamentary committee and Sirajganj Ullapara MP, told bdnews24.com on Thursday.

Nurul Islam, project coordinator for the mill, told bdnews24.com that almost 5,000 people will get jobs if the mill is restored.

"Jute and textiles secretary Abdul Majid and director (jute production) engineer Tariqul Islam visited the mill on Wednesday and instructed that the mill be made functional within Oct 25," he said.

More than a hundred workers have been involved in repair, painting and cleaning of the looms since April 12.

To begin production, 500 looms have been made ready. These looms will produce 40 tonnes of jute products daily requiring a daily input of 45 tonnes of jute. Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) has lent Tk 350 million for buying the first round of raw materials.

Quomi Jute Mill was established in 1960 at Raipur of Sirajganj town. During the military rule of 80's, it started incurring losses. It was shut down on July 31, 2007 during the tenure of a military-installed interim government.

Sirajganj deputy commissioner Aminul Islam told bdnews24: "The mill's reopening means economic development for the area as well as the country. It would also mean employment generation for the youth and fair prices for jute farmers."

Source: bdnews24.com

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