The Wage Earners’ Welfare Board Bill, 2018 was passed in Parliament on Monday aimed at ensuring the welfare of Bangladeshi citizens living abroad and their dependents saying in Bangladesh.
Expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam moved the bill and it was passed by voice vote.
The proposed law is a new one and it has been formulated to establish a wage earners’ board with a legal shape. Such a board is already there and it has been running under rules as there is no law in this regard.
According to the draft law, there will be a 16-member board of directors with secretary of the ministry of expatriates welfare and overseas employment as its head. Its headquarters will be in the capital.
The draft law also explained the definition of expatriate and expatriate workers.
The board members will be appointed for a three-year term and it will sit in a meeting after every two months.
In case of any emergency, the board chairman can take decisions which should be approved in its following meeting.
The board will accomplish 12 specific responsibilities, including bringing back the body of any expatriate deceased, realising compensation from the company concerned of the respective country for accident victims and rehabilitate them socially and economically.
About the board’s fund, it would form a fund from various sources like the grants of the government, grants received from the local and foreign organisations and surcharges of Bangladesh missions abroad or money received from any other legal sources.
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