The government has adopted the guidelines for sending workers to Lebanon.
The three-page guides made it mandatory for local recruiting agencies to select the workers registered with the database of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry officials told New Age that the guidelines would ensure disciplined, safe, orderly and regular migration of the country’s workers to Lebanon.
EWOE Ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen said that it would be mandatory for the recruiting agencies to follow the new guidelines for selecting male and female workers.
The guidelines also require workers aspiring to go to Lebanon to get enlisted with the BMET database.
The guidelines requires Bangladeshi recruiting agencies to submit to the Bangladesh embassy in Beirut demand letters immediately after receiving them from legal Lebanese recruiting agencies, sponsors or companies.
The guidelines also require the embassy’s labour officers to visit the spots to scrutinize demand offered and assess the capability of institutions, their reputation as well as the wage and security issues before approval.
The guidelines set Tk 1, 17,780 as the cost of migration for the male workers.
The guidelines set zero cost of migration for the female workers.
The female workers would have to take two months’ training in housekeeping and proficiency in spoken Lebanese.
The guidelines require the Bangladesh embassy to keep a list of Lebanese recruiting agencies in the interest of taking prompt steps to address complaints against them.
The guidelines require the Women Migration Cell at the BMET head office to be more proactive in solving problems.
In August, a delegation led by EWOE ministry’s secretary Nomita Halder visited Lebanon for bilateral talks and exchanging views with the Bangladesh community in Beirut.
On her return home the guidelines were adopted to streamline migration to Lebanon.
According to BMET data, one lakh women and over 60,000 male workers of Bangladesh took jobs in Lebanon since 1991.
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