Govt to set migration cost of Tk 2.6 lakh for Singapore

Setting the migration cost ceiling for Singapore bound workers is under the government’s consideration officials told New Age.

The move, they said, was prompted by exorbitant fees charged by the recruiting agencies from the workers leaving for Singapore.

Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry officials said that migration cost ceiling for each Singapore bound worker would be set at Tk 2.6 lakh.

EWOE ministry’s joint secretary Mosharraf Hossain said that the migration cost ceiling would discourage recruiting agencies from charging the fee at sweet will.

He said that up to Tk 7.5 lakh was realized by a recruiting agency for sending a worker to Singapore.

He said that the welfare desk officials at airports gathered this information from Singapore bound workers.

He said that 14 recruiting agencies were authorized to send Bangladeshi workers to Singapore.

He also said that on survey the EWOE ministry and Bangladesh high commission in Singapore found out that the cost of migration for each Singapore bound worker can in way exceed Tk 2.6 lakh.

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza said that the recruiting agencies had already been asked to reduce the migration cost.

According to BMET records, Singapore recruited over 6.5 lakh workers from Bangladesh since 1979.

Singapore recruits Bangladeshi workers for its shipbuilding, repairs and construction sectors.

Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam, however, criticized the government for following a contradictory policy under which it loves to claim at international conferences that the migration cost would be reduced to zero and then proceeds to fix migration cost ceilings for different countries.

He particularly referred to the commitments made by the government at Abu Dhabi Dialogue and Colombo Process that it would reduce the migration cost for the country’s workers, to zero.

Sources: New Age

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