More allocation for migrants' welfare demanded
Migrants' rights activists yesterday demanded enhanced budgetary allocations for better recruitment process and improving protection of welfare activities for the country's migrant workers.
They urged the government to extend free healthcare services and special safety net program for sick and vulnerable migrant workers returning home. They made demands while speaking at 'National Consultation on Migrants' Budget', organized by Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) at Diploma Engineers' Institutions in the city.
Parliamentarians' Caucus on Migration and Development co-chair Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, MP, who spoke as the chief guest, said the migrant workers are playing an important role in keeping the country's economy vibrant. "So, the demand of better treatment for migrant workers and better education for their children is very rational," she said.
The lawmaker committed that she would raise the migrants' demands in the parliament for necessary actions. Taking part in discussion, Wage Earners Welfare Board director general Gazi Mohammad Julhas said that the government was informed of the problems of the migrant workers facing at home and abroad. "Gradually the government is taking measures. It doesn't ignore issues of the migrant workers," he said.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training additional director general Rafiqul Islam said that Bangladeshi workers were currently employed in 165 countries. They were called golden sons of the country for their huge contribution to the economy, he added.
OKUP Chairman Shakirul Islam urged the government to declare a special safety net program in the national budget for the most vulnerable migrant workers especially women who return being deceived, abused and exploited. OKUP executive director Omar Faruque Chowdhury demanded direct allocation of enhanced budget for protection of the migrant workers.