Flight operations: Boon for migrants

17 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The country’s economy is highly dependent on remittances sent by hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who work abroad living far away from their near and dear ones. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they lost their foreign jobs that they got in exchange of a large amount of money. Even, many of them had to sell their homesteads to manage the money for availing of the jobs. But, in face of the unprecedented health crisis, their employers in the host countries did not show a little bit of sympathy to them; rather they compelled the innocent workers to return home empty-handed. Losing everything abroad, they have been leading a miserable life in their own country since then.

We know about their dreadful plights. At last, they see a ray of hope at the other end of the dark tunnel. It is because of the government’s wise decision to operate special flights for sending the migrant workers abroad. However, they must have to come to the host countries with the Covid-19 negative certificate. At the same time, they must have to follow the quarantine conditions. Anyway, the positive development might be the end of the migrants’ moments of despair and times of uncertainty. We whole-heartedly hail the good initiative on the part of the authorities concerned.

The government also deserves praise for keeping the readymade garment (RMG) factories open during the strict lockdown period. The export-oriented factories have been exempted from the lockdown measures in a bid to keep the country’s economy afloat. It is well-known that the country earns billions of dollars from these two sources. But, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) officials must have to ensure that the RMG workers follow the health guidelines strictly.

However, it is a matter of grave concern that these workers are experiencing troubles while commuting to their workplaces due to unavailability of public transports. The factory authorities must have to arrange workers’ travel at their own management during the shutdown period; otherwise the official efforts to keep the wheels of economy operative during the crisis period will be greatly hampered.