Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Tuesday asked the Deputy Commissioners to take steps to protect migrant workers from clutch of the middlemen who were frequently reported cheating migrants alluring overseas jobs.
The minister came up with the call while speaking at annual conference of deputy commissioner held at the cabinet division.
‘As the middlemen are cheating the poor people in the rural areas in the name of overseas employment, so I have sought the cooperation of the DCs to stop the phenomenon,’ he told reporters at the secretariat.
Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam presided over the DC conference which began on Sunday.
Imran Ahmad said that database of the aspirant migrant workers were being prepared by the government and the aspirant migrants would be able to get registered with database from union level.
Asked about workers dying in sea routes, Imran Ahmad said that the government was trying to identify the rackets of traffickers to punish them.
The minister said that those migrant workers die abroad after migrating through legal channel, the government provides burial cost of Tk 35,000, and financial assistance of Tk three lakh for each deceased migrant family.
EWOE ministry secretary Rownaq Jahan accompanied the minister at the conference