Bangladesh Investment Development Authority has asked industrial units registered with it to refrain from hiring semi-skilled foreign experts and workers against the posts which could be filled up by competent local people.
The investment promotion body said if any unit applies for visa recommendation or work permit for recruitment of semi-skilled foreign experts and workers, it would initially reject the application.
‘Even if the BIDA accepts the application for any reason, it will make visa recommendation or issue work permit for a period of only 3 or 4 months,’ said BIDA in a press release on Thursday.
In such a situation, the industrial unit concerned will have to submit a plan to BIDA promising that it would train up the local people for recruitment against the posts concerned within a specific time.
‘A widespread trend is being found regarding hiring of semi-skilled foreign experts/workers by industrial units registered with BIDA though those posts can easily be filled up by competent local people,’ it said.
According to the BIDA data, on an average 12,000 foreigners receive work permit from the authorities in a year while several thousand foreigners also work in the export processing zones with permission from the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority.
But estimation of different government agencies including the special branch of Bangladesh Police said that several lakh foreigners were working in the country illegally mainly in apparel, buying houses and big manufacturing units without taking permission from any competent authorities.
They enter in the country on tourist visa and get employment with the help of local employers.
The National Board of Revenue has also taken various initiatives to check illegal employment of foreign nationals.
The initiatives include imposition of penalty and withdrawal of tax benefits of employers for unauthorised employment of foreigners.
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