PM for bringing brokers under legal framework

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 16:14, Aug 25,2019 | Updated: 23:44, Aug 25,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over the first meeting of national steering committee on migration at Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka Sunday. — BSS photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday issued orders to bring the brokers involved in sending workers abroad under a legal framework.

Officials told New Age that the orders were issued to reduce the disturbances they create for the migrant workers.

She said this while chairing the first meeting of the National Steering Committee on Migration at the Prime Minister’s Office.

 The committee headed by the Prime Minister was formed in 2018 under the Overseas Employment Policy 2016.

The meeting over, officials told New Age that the prime minister emphasized on creating mass awareness about safe migration and sending skilled workers.

The PM said that by sending hard-earned remittances the migrant workers increased the  country’s foreign currency reserve and made important contributions to the economy.

Hasina said that the migrants were playing important roles in eradicating poverty.

She asked the concerned government organizations to provide coordinated services to the migrant workers.

She also said that there was a time many  recruiting agencies sent workers abroad any how only to make money. 

She called upon the recruiting agencies to work with mentality of serving people.

About quality training, Sheikh Hasina said that many of the migrant workers could illegally get certificates without taking part in trainings and that they were frequently getting into danger  abroad.

She laid emphasis on imparting technical training including computer skills to cater to domestic and foreign demands.

The meeting was attended by expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmad, home  minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, education minister Dipu Moni, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and secretaries of EWOE, home,  financial institutions, civil aviation and  social welfare.

According to the BMET over 1.2 crore Bangladeshi workers have migrated to over 168 countries since 1976.

Migrant workers remit $15 billion annually, BMET officials said.

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