Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) on Tuesday urged the government for adopting open sky policy to tackle the price hike of air ticket and fixing a rational medical fee for attesting passengers’ ability to travel.
Baira President Benjir Ahmed, MP placed the demands at a press conference held on Tuesday at its secretariat at New Eskaton in the city.The Baira president also demanded stoppage of hike in medical fee charged by the medical centres for medical certificate attesting their ability to travel seeking government intervention for fixing a rational charge in this regard.
“Now, we are concern about immigration cost,” said the president terming it a serious issue. Key reasons behind the price hike include hike in medical test fee, domestic immigration certificate, police clearance, air ticket and other sectors.
Organization of medical centers that take health test of out goers, Gulf Approved Medical Centres Association has also hiked charges in medical tests. They hiked test charge to 8,500 from 5000, BAIRA president Benjir said.
Recently, price of foreign air ticket has also shot up by 80-100 per cent. Besides, within a very short time at least 10 foreign airlines including those cooperating in the Middle East stopped their operations to and from Dhaka, Benojir added.
Benojir also added, “The government has already fixed the immigration cost for sending workers in different countries. But we cannot maintain the expenditure for various factors despite our attempts to keep the prices within the range.”.
The government had set immigration cost for Saudi Arbia at TK 1,65,000, Malaysia Tk 1,60,000 (for construction workers), TK 1,40,000 for (Farm Labor). In case of United Arab Emirates the cost is about Tk 1,07,000, for Kuwait TK 1,06,000, for Oman Tk 1,00,780 for Bahrain Tk 97, 780 for Singapore Tk 2,62,000 for Brunei Tk 1,20,000.But the immigrated workers alleged that they have to pay between Tk 3, 20, 000 and Tk 4, 10,000 in variance of the countries of their choice where they want to work. The immigrated workers also alleged that recruiting agencies stop contacting workers once they sending them in flights and many of them don’t get job as per promise.
Talking to the press conference BAIRA secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said, “Price of air ticket has been hiked more than double. Moreover, many airlines have left Bangladesh suspending their operations. Now, all ticket sales are controlled by a syndicate blocking easy access to general people.
“For that we demand the government to increase the number of flights as many airlines left the country otherwise immigrants cost will go up which we don’t want.”