Senior officials and migrant rights campaigners on Wednesday stressed the need for improving capacity of the labour wings of Bangladesh missions abroad to deliver better services to the migrant workers in the destination countries.
They came up with remarks while speaking at a policy discussion on ‘Improving Services in Bangladesh High Commissions’ organized by Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) in partnership with PROKAS programme of British Council at Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training office in Dhaka.
Speaking as chief guest, BMET director general Salim Reza said that Bangladesh labour officials were trying their best to provide services to the migrant workers seeking help in destination countries.
He said that labour welfare works could be decentralized in big destination countries, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by involving the Bangladeshi community people.
Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry’s joint secretary Sarwar Alam who worked as labour councilor at Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh said that they extended the welfare services to six major locations in the KSA for the Bangladeshi workers.
In the KSA, the embassies of the India and the Philippines engaged some representatives of their communities to maintain liaison between their workers and embassies to facilitate services to their workers, he said, adding that those representatives were accredited by their embassies.
Sarwar suggested that both manpower and budget allocations should be increased for the labour wings to enhance their capacities.
BMET director Nurul Islam who presented a keynote paper said that there are 69 embassies and high commissions of Bangladesh abroad and 31 of them have labour wings.
The labour wings dedicated to provide welfare services to the migrant workers, he said.
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam said that Bangladeshi workers were sending huge remittances to the country and a certain allocation from their remittances should be spent for welfare of the migrant workers.
Referring to deportation of female workers from the KSA, he said that legal steps should be taken in destination countries to bring the employers to book.
EWOE ministry’ joint secretary Nasreen Jahan, BMET deputy director Masud Rana, Bangladesh-Korea TTC principal Sakhawat Hossain, IID chief executive Sayeed Ahamed also spoke at the discussion.
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