International Migrants Day-2015 was observed in the district as elsewhere in the country and the globe on Friday, with a call to protect the rights of migrant workers.
The theme of the day "Worldwide Migrants, prosperous country, festive life".
GAIBANDHA: To mark the day, district administration and the office of District Employment and Manpower Office at the directives of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment jointly took several programmes.
In the morning, a big colourful rally was brought out from the premises of district Collectorate building here and ended at the same venue after parading the main roads of the town.
Later, a discussion meeting was also held at the conference room of deputy commissioner (DC) with additional district magistrate M. Shafiqul Islam in the chair.
Additional DC (General) M. Shamsul Azam attended the function as chief guest and Sadar UNO Ashraful Momin Khan was present as special guest.
The speakers, in their speeches, said a large number of people migrate to look for better prospects, in a bid to change their lots economically.
As the migrant workers were playing significant role to earn remittance to push forward the country towards desired development, they stressed the need for safeguarding the rights of migrant workers and their family members anyhow.
Manpower Officer Nesarul Haque said currently, about one crore (10 million) Bangladeshis are working in 160 countries of the world and about 5 lakh (0.5 million) people are getting jobs abroad every year.
The programme was followed by a function on education stipend distribution to five meritorious students whose fathers were working abroad as migrants.
Besides, a cheque of Tk 3 lakh was also given to Salma Begum whose husband died in Oman due to cardiac failure.
A large number of officials, bankers, NGO activists, instructors and students of Technical College attended the programmes.
GOPALGANJ: District administration and Employment and Training Office jointly arranged various programmes to observe the day.
A colourful rally was brought out from the DC office, which paraded important streets of the town.
After the rally, honorary crests were distributed to three top remittance senders of the district. Acting DC ANM Mainul Islam handed over the crests to Saudi Arabia migrant Md. Shipon Sheikh, Bahrain migrant Abdullah Al Mamun and Malaysia migrant Md. Amsher. At that time Assistant Director of Employment and Training Office in the district Mohammad Shahed Hussain was present.
MEHERPUR: To mark the day, a rally led by Acting DC Hemayet Hossain was brought out in the town that paraded the streets from local Shilpakala to Collectorate compound.
A discussion meeting was also held at the conference room of the Collectorate Bhaban with Khairul Hasan, Additional Commissioner (General) in the chair. Hemayet Hossain spoke as chief guest.
He advised all not to be cheated by the dishonest manpower agents, but to follow the government instruction. He urged people to be aware of rules and regulations in regard to migration and to contact the Manpower office to know their rights and privileges.
The chief guest also stressed training to be skilled manpower. Journalist Rafique and district BRAC Representative Musarraf Hossain, among others, spoke on the occasion.
The district administration organised the rally and discussion meeting with the help of local BRAC.