Experts call for proper utilization of welfare fund

Migration experts, rights activists and academicians on Tuesday said that the government should properly utilize the wage earners’ welfare fund directly for the migrants’ workers wellbeing.

They made the remarks while speaking at the validation workshop on sharing the strategy documents on WEWB, BOESL and Arbitration Model for BAIRA, organised by Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit at the CIRDAP auditorium.

Dhaka University professor of International Relations and RMMRU executive director Dr CR Abrar said it was necessary to ensure that the welfare fund would be spent directly for the wellbeing of migrant workers.

Professor Abrar moderated the programme and recommended for the assessment of the performance of Probashi Kallyan Bank in providing services to the migrant workers.

About mitigating migrant workers’ grievance, Jamila Chowdhury, professor at Department of Law in Dhaka University said Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) established their arbitration process with their own style.

‘But it should have not happened as the country has a separate act for arbitration. So they can follow the act to make the process more focused and worker friendly,’ she said.

Wage Earners’ Welfare Board director general Gazi Mohammad Julhas said apart from the financial support to the workers they also provide money to missions in different countries to accelerate services to the workers.

He also said migrant workers were getting low cost loans from the PKB. ‘The bank will be able to provide more services when it will start receiving remittances.’

Dhaka University professor of Political Science and RMMRU founding chair Dr Tasneem Siddiqui moderated the last session of workshop where she said that the BOESL was ensuring fare practice in migration process ‘so it should increase the number of sending workers abroad.’

Nazibul Islam, additional secretary, monitoring and enforcement branch at the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry, Maran Kumar Chakraborty, managing director of Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL) ,among others were present at the workshop.

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