The government has decided to ensure the country’s migrant workers’ harassment-free departure and arrival at international airports of Bangladesh.
It has asked all the staff at the country’s international airports to treat the workers with ‘due respect, sympathetic behaviour and respectful addressing,’ said officials.
The decision was made during a recent inter-ministerial meeting at Prabashi Kalyan Bhaban in Dhaka, the officials added.
The meeting was presided over by EWOE ministry secretary-in-charge Rownaq Jahan who asked the concerned officers to take necessary actions to this end.
The officials, however, did not confirm the timeline for implementation of the decisions.
The newly joined state minister for expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry Imran Ahmad would soon visit the airports to oversee the implementation of the policy, said senior officials.
When asked, EWOE ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen told New Age on Friday that the new minister was very cordial to ensure that migrant workers were going abroad and coming back without facing rude behaviour and mistreat at the airports.
At present Bangladesh has 1.2 crore of its male and female population abroad as workers.
The meeting also decided to introduce separate immigration booths at international airports.
The welfare desks would be renovated to expedite welfare activities for the migrant worker at the airports.
All arrangements would be ensured at the airports so that the migrant workers on return could get their luggage without facing harassment, said officials.
Female migrants will enjoy welfare desk helps to communicate with their family from airports.
Migrant rights activists welcomed the decision and demanded early implementation of the plans.
WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed said such plans did not work out before.
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