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PM for providing fresh training for returnee migrants

2 lakh returnees to get cash support

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed for taking necessary steps so that the migrants who returned home after being hit by the global coronavirus pandemic can find a decent job in the country or overseas jobs again with improved training.

She made the directive while chairing a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Executive Council (ECNEC) on Wednesday that gave approval to a Tk 4.27 billion project to create job for the returnee migrants, Planning Minister MA Mannan told reporters at a briefing later.

“The migrants have given us much in all these days, but now time has come to pay them back,” Mannan quoted the prime minister as saying.

Under the scheme, the government will give support to 2 lakh out of 5 lakh returnee migrants. Cash support of Tk 13,500 will also be provided for them apart from training, State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam said.

In addition, the government is trying to prepare a database on the migrants who returned home from abroad after the corona pandemic hit the world, he also informed. The World Bank is providing Tk 4.25 billion loan for the project.

Besides, the workers will be given necessary orientation and counselling while some 23,500 selected skilled workers would be facilitated to get jobs both at home and abroad.

The Wage Earners Welfare Board under the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment will implement it by December 2023.

Commenting on the project, the planning minister said these expatriate workers have returned home from abroad because of various reasons and they have contributed a lot over the years towards the development of the country.

Planning Commission Member Sharifa Khan said initially 2 lakh returnee workers would be included in the project and the project coverage would be expanded further in future.

She informed that the support of Tk 13,500 to each returnee worker would help them bear their initial expenses and thus allow them to collect necessary certificates from various agencies.

Answering to a question, Sharifa said information about around 4.80 lakh returnee workers was collected from the help desk of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

While approving another project to impart training to women, the prime minister asked the authorities concerned to include such regular training to revenue budget instead of undertaking projects.

She also instructed Roads and Highways Department to remain cautious while constructing roads to keep overpasses, underpasses and U-loops unaffected for seamless traffic and pedestrians’ movement.

Besides, the premier called for keeping the height of the bridges at a level so that plying of vessels under the brides during the high tide or rainy season is not hampered, Mannan said.

In this regard, she asked for coordination with Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).

State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam gave the example of Basila Bridge which, he said, might be needed to be demolished as cargoes cannot pass under the bridge during rainy season although it was built in 2008.

Mannan said Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned so that sand quarries cannot mushroom here and there as those cause harm to embankments and riverbank structures.

While approving a BSCIC project in Thakurgaon, the prime minister directed for keeping provision of milk processing unit at the BSCIC Food Processing Industrial Estate in Thakurgaon.