Expatriates to get legal help
The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of 'The Expatriate Welfare Board Act, 2017' in principle to in line with other international laws and the international convention on protection of migrants and their family members.
It also endorsed the draft of 'The Pesticides Act, 2017' in principle giving the existing Pesticide Ordinance, 1979 and its amended versions of 2007and 2009 a legal framework making them more time-befitting. It was prepared in Bangla updating the existing law.
The approvals were given at the regular Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Later, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed media on the decisions of the meeting. He said that the draft bill has given a legal framework to the issue of getting necessary assistance and cooperation by expatriate Bangladeshis, including female migrants, when they will be in trouble like illness and death. The authorities concerned will have to extend legal or other kind of assistance in favour of expatriate Bangladeshis to realise arrear salaries and compensation in case of any necessity.
At present, the wage earners welfare board is working in this regards. After passing law, an expatriate welfare board will be formed. The Expatriate Welfare Secretary will be the chief of the 16-member board.
The Director General of the Board, a chief executive of the board, will act as its member secretary.
Among others, managing director of Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL), President of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) and two representatives of the repatriated overseas employees will also be its member.
In the proposed pesticide law, the punishments for violating the provisions were increased. Those, who will violate the law, will be punished for minimum one year and maximum three years imprisonment.
At the same time, they will have to pay penalties of Tk 50,000, Tk one lakh and two lakh against its existing amount of penalties of Tk 50,000, Tk 75,000 and Tk one lakh.
The meeting also approved the draft of an agreement to be signed between Bangladesh and India over orbit frequency coordination of South Asia Satellite proposed at 48'E and the proposal for signing Joint Interpretative Notes as the supplementary part of the agreement between Bangladesh and India on bilateral capital investment development and protection.
It also approved the draft of amended policy for giving grant to the research fellowship and innovative works.