Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) is a department under the Ministry of Labour and Employment responsible for ensuring welfare, safety and health of people working in various sectors of the country. In the aftermath of Rana Plaza, the Government of
Bangladesh initiated a major reform of the DIFE.
As part of DIFE’s reform, an ambitious drive was taken to strengthen its planning and operational mechanisms with the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s “Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Sector” programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Emphasis was placed on the digitalization of inspection services in order to ensure better efficiency, transparency and accountability of the labour inspectorate. To facilitate this process, ILO has supported DIFE to develop a Labour Inspection Management Application (LIMA) system. LIMA represents a major advancement in the way data on working conditions in Bangladesh are collected, stored, analysed and used and a step forward from the earlier paper-based system.”