The government has decided to repatriate some Bangladeshi workers from few countries amid outbreak of corona virus due to ‘humanitarian reason’.
The decision was made at an inter-ministerial meeting presided by Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Imran Ahmad on Sunday.
The meeting was held at the Probashi Kalyan Bhaban in the backdrop of corona virus outbreak to ensure protections for the country’s migrant workers, according to a press release.
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and home minister Asaduzzaman Khan among other top officials of the ministries concerned were present.
After meeting Iman Ahmad said that the government has taken cooperative measures to protect Bangladeshis staying abroad during this crisis providing them with foods and ensuring medical care at destinations.
As per demand of Bangladesh missions abroad, he said that Tk 4.5 crore has been allocated for welfare of Bangladeshis abroad.
Besides, the EWOE minister said that government decided to bring distressed the Bangladeshis back home from some countries due to virus outbreak.
Among the Bangladeshis, 316 workers would be brought back from Kuwait and 176 Bangladeshis from South Korea, he said.
Home minister said that the expatriate Bangladeshis would be repatriated after completing their scrutiny.
The returned workers would have to be quarantined after coming back home, he said.
The home minister said that the government would take necessary step if any Bangladeshis were accused of criminal case.
Foreign minister said that the Bangladeshis would be brought back home as some countries requested Bangladesh government about them.
He said that diplomatic relations with those countries would be strengthened so that Bangladeshi workers could be sent to those countries again.
Civil Aviation ministry’s senior secretary Mohibul Haque, foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen, EWOE ministry secretary Salim Reza and home secretary (security service division) Shahiduzzaman, Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Shamsul Alam and Wage Earners Welfare Board director general Hamidur Rahman among others were present.