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Bangladesh to create digital database of workers

Bangladesh will create a digital database of 3 lakh workers from around 10,000 entities from both the formal and informal sectors. The enlisted workers will receive labour identification (LID) numbers during the pilot period. The ministry of labour and employment (MoLE) has undertaken a project in this regard to develop skilled workforce and enhance productivity.

The project—Labour Information Management System (LIMS)—will digitally manage labourers’ information and help develop their skills for workplaces, according to Bangladeshi media reports.

Labour secretary Ehsan-e-Elahi said approval of the project from the ministry of planning is being awaited.

Initially five formal sectors—tea garden, readymade garments, pharmaceuticals, tannery and ship-breaking—have been prioritised. Gradually, labour force from all the sectors will be covered, he noted.

Developing a database of workers is also one of the requirements of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Union (EU), he added.

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