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Monday, December 19, 2011

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Warns Illegal Manpower Exports

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday warned of stern action against any fraudulence regarding manpower export and said the government will not only cancel the recruiting license of offenders, but will also take other punitive measures against those responsible for frauds.

She issued the warning while addressing a discussion organised by Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC), marking the International Migrants Day.

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud spoke on the occasion as special guests.

Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Jafar Ahmed Khan gave the welcome address.

The premier said the government will not tolerate any sort of fraudulence regarding the export of manpower.

She mentioned that for the convenience of the workers seeking employment abroad, the government has established ‘Prabashi Kalyan Bank’ in last April. From this specialised bank the people will get soft loan, she said.

“From next month, the government will set up booths of this bank at Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet airports, and will open its branches in all divisional headquarters,” she added.

Hasina informed that the government has established an Endowment Fund with Tk 140 crore as seed money, and is spending money from its profit for skill development.

“We have also decided to build skilled manpower suiting the demand of manpower abroad. The Labour Wings of our missions have been asked to determine the demands of the respective countries,” she said.

She said nearly 8 million Bangladeshi citizens have been working around the world leaving their near and dear ones at home. They have been earning foreign currencies for the country. Their hard-earned foreign exchange is boosting the national economy.

In this connection, the prime minister said that the foreign employment sector has been playing an important role in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.

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