Manpower export to Saudi free of cost
09 February 2015, Nirapad News: The employers will bear the cost of migration process from now on, Saudi Arabia will recruit workers from Bangladesh free of cost.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain made the disclosure in a press briefing at the secretariat on Monday morning.
The decision was made at a meeting with the Saudi delegation over recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.
‘The minister said: “The workers have to spend maximum Tk20, 000 for passport processing and other activities inside the country. The employers will bear the cost of migration process.”
Asked about the wage of the workers, he said: “We are yet to finalise the matter. But they will get at least 1500 riyal (Tk30, 000).”
“Anyone convicted in visa trading will be sentenced to 15 years in jail as per Saudi law,” the minister added.
Later, the Saudi team will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban at 7pm today.
During the visit, they will also visit the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and its training institute, the office of the Special Branch of police and Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
They will visit the DMCH to see for themselves how medical tests of the probable foreign jobseekers are conducted.
Meanwhile, some representatives of private agencies at the delegation will also hold a meeting with Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) on Tuesday.
The delegation is expected to leave the country on February 11.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia, the biggest labor market for Bangladesh, lifted the ban on recruitment of workers from Bangladesh, thus opening the Bangladeshi labor market in the realm after six years on February 1.
The Saudi government stopped hiring Bangladeshi workers in 2008. About two million Bangladeshis, who are working in the kingdom, send billions of dollars in remittance annually.