Update February 17, 2015

Dhaka 9-32 pm, 05-March, 2021

No need for registration exclusively for Saudi Arabia

Sumel Sarker

Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain

Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister, Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain

17 February 2015, Nirapad News: There is no need for the registration of names of job seekers exclusively for Saudi Arabia as there has been no government decision as such, said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday.

“The registration of names of jobseekers before going to any foreign country, including Saudi Arabia, is a routine work of the government. So, there’s nothing to be worried about it,” he told a press briefing arranged to dispel the confusion about it.

The minister said it is only the online registration process which is inoperative for the time being.

Referring to the recent agreement signed in Dhaka with a Saudi government delegation over sending Bangladeshi workers under 12 categories, the minister said, ”Of them, now only housemaids will be sent who will draw a minimum salary of 800 Saudi Riyal per month with food, lodging, treatment facility and free airfare as per the agreement.”

Mosharraf said they will also enjoy a one-day leave every week and be eligible to use cellphone to contact anywhere, including the Bangladesh mission there to lodge complaint, if any.

The minister further said now that the government will make arrangements for registration of housemaids as per the Saudi demand note. “The process will start soon and the selection of workers will be held through lotteries.”

He said no one will be eligible to go abroad with job through any underhand dealing with brokers and without proper registration.

According to the minister, some 22 lakh jobseekers’ names have so far been registered. Of them, about 14 lakhs opted for going to Malaysia while the remaining job seekers have no choice.

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