Bangladesh Government has launched a mobile application for the appropriate management of its over 3.6 million workforce in the readymade garment industry.
The app, named ‘Labour Inspection Management Application’ or LIMA, will be used by the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) to gather, store and evaluate the labour inspection data at the garment manufacturing units.
Md Mujibul Haque, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Labour and Employment, launched the app at an event at Amrai Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 6, 2018, reads a press release. He also handed 250 tablets to the DIFE inspectors, to be used for assessment, at the event.
International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme, backed by Canada, the Netherlands and the UK, supported in the development of the LIMA app.
State Minister Haque lauded the app as “a milestone in the march towards a Digital Bangladesh” and a proof of Bangladesh Government’s commitment towards ensuring workplace safety and labour rights.
In a statement, ILO’s Dhaka office said that the LIMA app is set to make DIFE’s operations far more effective by conjoining its key data and management requirements on a single platform.
The newly launched app will improve data availability and transparency by making certain information available to employers and workers while simplifying everyday tasks such as factory licence applications or the submission of complaints, the statement added. There’s a ‘DIFE Complaint Box’ in as well the app that enables labours and managers to file a complaint to DIFE about factory concerns.
Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, Inspector General of DIFE, hopes that the launch of LIMA would tick-off a new episode in labour inspection in the garment industry. The app would facilitate more effective operations and help enhance safety of the workers, he adds.