Grameenphone has contributed around Tk 30.31 crore (30 crore 31 lakh 35 thousand and 718 taka) amidst the ongoing global pandemic and economic instability, to the Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation Fund under the Ministry of Labour and Employment for the welfare of the workers.
A five-member delegation led by Grameenphone’s Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) Syed Tanvir Husain handed over the cheque to Begum Monnujan Sufian, Honorable Minister of State for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in the conference room of the ministry today.
“The government has formed a foundation fund under the Bangladesh Labor Act for the welfare of working people. This fund provides assistance to the workers of the formal and informal sectors for the treatment of accidental deaths in workplaces, injuries, and incurable diseases, and also for the higher education of meritorious children of the workers. So far in this year, around two thousand workers have been provided assistance worth Tk 6.25 crore from this fund,” said Minister of State for Labour and Employment and the Chairman of Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation Begum Monnujan Sufian at the check handover ceremony, adding that the Labour Welfare Foundation will always work for the welfare of the workers.
On behalf of Grameenphone, Syed Tanvir Husain, Chief Human Resources Officer, said, “Grameenphone being a part of Telenor Group and as a responsible corporate citizen, has been an enabler of digitalization & development over the last 25 years. In this journey, we are equally focused on a future-ready skilled workforce to build a smart Bangladesh and stand by them in their trying times in collaboration with Bangladesh Government. We believe our continued humble efforts with the contribution to Workers Welfare Fund will encourage many others to come forward. We are thankful to the Labour Ministry for best utilizing this fund for the greater interest of our workforce.”
Around 165 local, foreign and multinational companies, including Grameenphone, have been regularly contributing a certain portion of their dividends to this fund. It was revealed at the cheque handover ceremony that the number of companies submitting dividends is increasing every month. At present, the amount deposited in this fund is around Tk 442 crore. It is mentionable that a certain portion of Grameenphone’s dividend is regularly deposited in the Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation. As the highest contributor to the fund, Grameenphone has so far deposited Tk 213,32,20,081 (Taka two hundred thirteen crore thirty-two lakh twenty thousand and eighty one only).
Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment Md. Ehsane Elahi; Director General of Bangladesh Workers Welfare Foundation Gokul Krishna Ghosh; Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment Md. Nasir Uddin Ahmed; Director General of the Department of Labour Khaled Mamun Chowdhury ndc; Head of Industrial Relations & HR Strategy of Grameenphone K M Sabbir Ahmed; Head of Compensation & Benefits of Grameenphone Mohammad Khaled Mridha; Md. Asaduzzaman and Mohammad Tawhidul Islam of Industrial Relations & HR Strategy of Grameenphone were also present among others, at the event.