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Rehabilitation of Expats

Govt signs Tk 4.25bn loan deal with WB

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt signs Tk 4.25bn loan deal with WB

Bangladesh signed a loan agreement of Tk 425 crore with the World Bank for rehabilitation of the expatriate workers who returned home during the pandemic.

Wage Earners Welfare Board and the World Bank signed the agreement online at the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment on Thursday.

This aims to reintegrate the expatriate workers who lost their jobs and returned homeas the coronavirus pandemic hit across the world.

The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment has undertaken this project which will be implemented by the Wage Earners Welfare Board.

“The government has allocated Tk 2 crore in the fund with a plan to set up 30 welfare centres across 30 districts that usually have large numbers of expatriates,” said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment secretary Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen.

Addressing the signing ceremony, he said, “The workers who have lost their jobs and returned to the country after January 2020 will be given a one-time payment of Tk 13,500 through banks.”

“In addition, if these expatriate workers need loans to become entrepreneurs, we will arrangetheloans for them,” he said.

“Welfare centres will be set up in 30 immigration prone districts of the country. From there, the financial assistance will be given to 2 lakh expatriate workers who have returned after screening and training,” the secretary said. The project aims to ensure that the expatriates can get back a dignified position in the society.

Besides, the arrangements will be made to organise meetings, seminars and workshops at the district, upazila and union levels to inform the people about the services of the Wage Earners Welfare Board.

“Everyone from upazila level to union level will be included in the project,” Dr Saleheen said, adding that the project will begin later this year or early next year. The government expects that a large database will be created through this project.

A profile will be made of those who have returned to the country so that the government can provide necessary assistance that they may need in the future. The capacity of the Wage Earners Welfare Board will also be increased. Director General of the Board Hamidur Rahman and other senior officials of the ministry attended the loan signing ceremony.