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Rushnara Ali: Rana Plaza collapse could’ve been averted

The Bangladesh-born British MP says precautionary measures would have stopped the 2013 disaster from happening

The collapse of Rana Plaza at Savar was not an accident and it could have been avoided if proper measures were taken in time, Bangladesh-born British MP Rushnara Ali has observed.

She also said that conversations with some of the survivors of the 2013 disaster have also convinced her that precautionary actions would have stopped the tragedy from happening.

At least 1,136 people, mostly readymade garment workers of five factories, were killed in the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, 2013.

The UK lawmaker’s remarks came on Tuesday during her visit to the training centre of the Marks and Start Project at the Ganakbari centre of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar’s Ashulia.

The CRP-Ganakbari is a residential vocational re-training centre for women and girls with different disabilities.

Addressing an experience sharing session there on Tuesday, Rushanara said that she was, however, impressed by the Bangladesh government’s initiatives taken to improve the workplace environment of factory workers as well as their lives.

Many who are currently working at different factories after being trained at the CRP-Ganakbari Centre also shared their experiences and successes with her at the session.

Rushanara, the British prime minister’s trade envoy to Bangladesh, was accompanied by British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake.

She said people with disabilities after receiving training were also contributing highly in Bangladesh’s development with their work and skills.

Rushanara, who arrived in Dhaka several days ago, also lauded CRP for providing its services to the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.

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