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Centre for expats near HSIA opens

An expat can stay night for Tk 200

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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The government has set up a temporary centre near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital for the night stay of inbound and outbound Bangladeshi expatriate workers.

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad inaugurated the centre titled Bangabandhu Wage Earners’ Centre at Lanjanipara Barua in Khilkhet on Friday.

The Wage Earners Welfare Board under the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment set up the centre on 140 kathas of land. An expatriate worker can stay night at the centre, spending Tk 200.

The centre has separate arrangements for men and women. Currently it can accommodate 48 people and will carry out activities on a large scale after Ramadan.

After inaugurating the centre, Imran said, “The government is always serious about our expatriates as they are the lifeline of our country’s economy. This centre will facilitate them with food and accommodation at a low price.”

Speakers at the press conference following the inauguration ceremony said there will be a briefing on the reintegration of expatriate workers and other benefits at the centre.

Safe lockers for transportation of expatriate workers from the centre to the airport, storage of valuable goods, including luggage, telephone facility, internet and uninterrupted power supply will be available there.

The centre also has counselling, first aid and hospitalisation facilities.

Travellers can apply to stay directly or online with a fee of Tk 100. Later, an expatriate worker can apply for a seat and can stay for maximum two nights.

Necessary documents such as passport and air ticket copy, copy of exit clearance / BMET membership certificate will be required for booking seats at the centre.

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Director General Shahidul Alam, Wage Earners’ Welfare Board Director General Hamidur Rahman and Joint Secretary Nasrin Jahan, among others, were present at the programme.