Be friendly to labourers

Planning minister asks embassy officials

Staff Correspondent

20 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Saturday called for keeping Bangladeshi foreign missions around the world open round the clock.

The planning minister made the call while addressing a debate competition at the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in the capital.

The Debate for Democracy arranged the event titled ‘UCB Public Parliament’.

Minister Mannan said embassy officials should be friendly to labourers.

“I know that Bangladeshi workers do not get cooperation from their embassies very easily. It must be stopped,” he noted.

He said officials who are friendly to labourers have to be appointed in the embassies so that they can play a key role in the development of labour market and its export.

The planning minister said Bangladeshi female workers in Saudi Arabia are being tortured. It’s very inhuman and it’s too bad to hear about this, he said.

“So it is time to think further about sending female workers to Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Minister Mannan said the government has a plan to build a tunnel under the Jamuna River near the Bangladesh-India border.

“We will also work to construct the second Padma Bridge,” he added.

He said even 20 years ago, Bangladesh could not imagine that it could build nuclear power plants, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made the dream a reality.

The planning minister said the country now receive $13 billion to $14 billion as foreign earnings from the migration sector each year, which contributes 7.44 per cent to GDP.

The country sent 10 lakh workers to overseas countries in 2017 while the number stands at 7 lakh in 2018 and about 12 lakh workers are expected to go abroad this year, he added.