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Ksa-Bd To Set Up Database For Female Workers’ Protection

Govt to amend policy for sending workers abroad: Expat Secy

Published : Tuesday, 3 December, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 235

The government is set to revise the existing migration policy and the entire recruitment process for Bangladeshis intending to get overseas jobs to ensure their job safety and security amidst mounting criticism over recent incidents of torture of Bangladeshi female workers in Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, it has also ensured assurance from the Saudi Arabian government to make sure that they would take necessary measures for the female workers' safety.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Md Salim Reza on Monday said the Kingdom has assured that they will take necessary steps to ensure the safety of Bangladeshi female workers in their country.
While speaking at a press briefing at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban on the Bangladesh delegation's recent Saudi Arabia visit, Selim Reza said that the recruiting agencies of two countries will be responsible for all problems of women workers during their valid tenure in KSA.
The technical committees of the two countries have taken the decision to make the recruiting agents responsible for women workers in its meeting. Until the women workers are coming back, the agencies will bear their responsibility. At the same time, the government will provide necessary support to the Bangladeshi workers who fall in trouble until their return home, he added.
Selim Reza said the third joint technical committee meeting between the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment and Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development was held in Riyadh on November 27.
The Secretary said that the meeting also decided to launch an IT platform 'MUSANED' where female workers' addresses, full contact information of Bangladeshi and Saudi recruiting agencies,      changed information of recruiters, female workers' arrival dates and other related information will be preserved.
He also said setting up an 'Approval Window' at MUSANED system of Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia will also be considered.
Police will not hand over the female workers to their recruiters if they escape, he said adding that Bangladesh and Saudi recruiting agencies will take the responsibility of the female workers during their stay in Saudi Arabia.
Recruiting agencies will arrange residential and other facilities for the workers awaiting repatriation, he said.
The agencies concerned will inform the Bangladesh Embassy and Saudi Labour Ministry about the expiry of the working period of female workers.
If the workers want to continue work after the expiry of their contracts, they have to renew the contract and that should be approved by the Bangladesh Embassy. The agencies concerned will preserve the updated information in MUSANED.
If any female worker falls in trouble, Saudi Department of Protection and Support will bring the issue to the notice of the Saudi authorities.
Signing a general agreement between Saudi Arabia and Bangladeshi labour welfare wing was also discussed at the meeting.
Both the countries promised to work together for stopping visa business, he added.
Discussions were also held on easing case filing system with the Saudi Labour Court, and Saudi government will inform the Embassy regarding this, Secretary Reza said.
In the last four years, over 5,000 Bangladeshi women have returned from Saudi Arabia, bringing allegations of torture against their Saudi employers.
Only 1,500 women have returned from Saudi Arabia in 2018, according to BRAC Migration Centre.

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