About 60,000 Bangladeshi workers have been undocumented in the Maldives for years, a team of the Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry and the Bangladesh Overseas Employment Service Limited said on return from Male.
During the visit to Male, the team led by BOESL managing director Maran Kumar Chakraborty came to know about the undocumented Bangladeshi workers in the Maldives, officials told New Age.
About 1.50 lakh Bangladeshis work in the Maldives including the 60,000 undocumented ones, they said.
Since many Bangladeshis became undocumented most of the Bangladeshi workers are underpaid, said officials.
A racket of middlemen sent the workers to the Maldives on tourist visas charging Tk 2.5 lakh to three lakh from each and expiry of their visas they become undocumented.
Despite repeated efforts, BOESL MD Maran could not be contacted on phone for comments.
Bangladesh official team had meeting with state minister of economic development of Maldives Nījā Imad and deputy minister Mariam Nazimabad and discussed manpower issues.
Responding to Bangladesh request, the Maldivian government agreed to renew the Memorandum of Understanding on manpower recruitment which had expired on May 29, 2016.
The team included EWOE Ministry joint secretary Fazlul Karim, BOESL deputy general manger and deputy secretary Ariful Haque, and EWOE ministry public relation officer Muhammad Rasheduzzaman
The Maldives hired workers from Bangladesh under MoU signed on May 29, 2011.
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