President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called all for taking concerted efforts in ensuring occupational health protection and safe work environment in the country.
They made the call in separate messages on the eve of 'National Occupational Health and Safety Day-2020'.
This year's theme is 'Promise of Mujib Year, Decent Working Environment for All(Mujib Borsher Ongikar, Shovon Kormo Poribesh Hok Sobar)'.
The President, in his message, said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman nationalised all the factories of Bangladesh after independence.
Bangabandhu's decision was to ensure proper management of factories and professional protection of working people, he added.
Inspired by the ideology of Bangabandhu, the present government is implementing various programmes to ensure occupational health and safety of all working people of the country, he added.
He urged all concerned to maintain health rules not only to get rid of the coronavirus but also to ensure the overall safety of the workers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the greatest Bangalee of all times Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had struggled throughout his life to realize the rights of workers.
The Awami League led government has been implementing various massive programmers to develop the living standard of workers to ensure congenial work environment and health safety at workplaces.
Inspired by the ideology of Bangabandhu, she mentioned a number of steps have taken by her government for the welfare of the workers, including, formulating "National Occupational Health and Safety Policy 2013" and "Bangladesh Labour Rules 2015".
She said the Awami League government is relentlessly working towards the goals of making Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous country by 2041.
There is no alternative but to create awareness among the people at all levels about occupational health and safety to achieve those goals, she added.
"I call upon all to build 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by the Father of the Nation by ensuring a decent and healthy working environment in the Mujib Year," she continued.
Sheikh Hasina urged all concerned to work together in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and ensure safe work environment maintaining proper health rules.
The President and the Prime Minister wished success of all programmes taken to mark the day.